I spent the first week or so of July visiting my family in Alaska. My niece, bless her heart, took me to see several gardens. The Alaska Botanical Garden was one of these.
"Open Daylight Hours" means that they're sort of the Seven Eleven of botanical gardens during the summer months.
Although you may think that the Willow Ptarmigan is the state bird of Alaska, it's actually the mosquito. Perhaps because I'm so bitter, I was only bitten a couple of times while in the state even though I used no bug spray. Upon arrival, each of us was presented with his own spray can and were advised to spray ourselves daily.
Just so you know, in addition to the signs, there's a warning in the pamphlet issued upon entry to the garden, " You are in BEAR and MOOSE country. Please report all bear & moose sightings to ..."
Sounds like a fun time, right? Fortunately, Alison had both her gun and her excellent aim along so I didn't worry. Of course, I didn't wander far from her either.
"The Alaska Botanical Garden (ABG) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1986, and opened to the public in 1993. Today, the garden occupies approximately 110 acres. We are in the process of building the elements of the ABG 'Master Plan' which specifies that much of the land will remain in a natural state, with individual gardens interconnected by trails through the boreal forest." For more information, check out the ABG website here.
Interesting foliage combination pots along the entry path.
The only Melianthus major I saw during my visit was in one of these pots. Understandable as they're annuals here. You may recognize meconopsis foliage in the ground on the left. Those pesky blue poppies seem to pop up everywhere here.
There had been an art show in the garden just before our visit so we got to see some fun pieces!
Heidi Banach, Alaskan stained glass artist extraordinaire created this piece from Fremont glass blown right here in my neck of the woods. Check out her store in Eagle River next time you're there or get a teaser on the website.
I especially liked "Fish Fertilizer" as a thought piece.
Now, on to some more plants...
Primula and Rodersia frolic with friends.
Love this twig edging!
Moving toward the Lower Perennial garden.
Meconopsis and Thalictrum make a great combination!
While we in the pacific northwest are pretty pleased with ourselves for being able to grow this holy grail of flowers, they seem to like Alaska even better. The plants are incredibly lush, loving the cool nights (what night there is) of this costal area.
Ooh, that deep pink peony will look stunning with the blue poppies!
NOID rose (I didn't look too closely) Notice the little black bugs? They seemed to like both roses and peonies but didn't seem to be doing any harm. No one I spoke with knew what they were. Do you?
Lovely peony resembling a poppy seed muffin - again with the cute little bugs.
Ah those poppies... These are nearly five feet high! Yowsa!
Tom, checking out the rock garden, got a little far from the group. Oops. I'll miss him.
I mean really, one can't just lie down on one of these bear dining tables and think that he won't be the main course!
More of the rock garden which is full of awesome alpine plants and tiny treasures!
Next, we'll explore a few more of the ABG gardens.