Continued from the previous page.
This garden has lots to see, too. It showcases a variety of annual
and perennial culinary and medicinal herbs, some of which are native to
Alaska. It is enclosed in an attractive wooden fence, probably to keep
four-legged critters out:
Above and below: foxglove
Above and below: I believe
these are types of yarrow
EAST (aka LILE'S) GARDEN
This is a fairly new and rather large garden that showcases fruit
trees that are hardy to Southcentral Alaska, a large collection of
peonies, primulas, and many other interesting plants. The gardens at ABG,
most designed by local landscape architects, each have their own
A young woman relaxes on a bench
as a retired gentleman takes photos of the multitude of peonies.
According to the botanical garden's
website, this garden is dedicated to
Lile Bernard Rasmuson, who died in 1960. My internet
research indicates that she married
into the Swedish Rasmuson family. Her husband Elmer co-founded the
charitable Rasmuson Foundation, considered to be the most generous
private donor in Alaska. I believe the Rasmuson family was also quite
generous with the Anchorage Museum that I enjoyed so much.
I really loved all the beautiful "Gold Medal" collection peonies in
this garden. So did these other visitors:
Peonies sometimes resemble roses. They come in many colors and petal arrangements, as you can see
from the ones I selected below:
Above and below: note the
ants in the center of the flower, having a feeding frenzy!
The next two kinds of peonies have many more petals than
the ones above:
I'm surprised that peonies grow so well in Alaska. I've had
them in my own flower beds in Ohio, Georgia, and Virginia and didn't
realize they could grow so far north. I inherited my love of these
flowers from my mother.
UPPER PERENNIAL GARDEN
The beds in this garden are bordered with construction salvage like
concrete test cores and broken-up pieces of sidewalk to demonstrate the
use of recycled materials in landscape design. What a great idea!
Here are some of the pictures I took in this garden:
Example of bed edged with
concrete test cores
Clustered bell flowers AKA
A wildflower trail links the Upper and Lower Perennial Gardens. It
has a rustic, wattle-fence edging:
Daisies are about like dandelions, only more loved
-- they'll grow anywhere!
Few wildflowers were in bloom today along this trail but I've sure
seen a lot out in the "wild" where I've been hiking and riding my bike.
THAT'S JUST A TASTE . . .
. . . of what you can see at the Alaska Botanical Gardens. I
took a lot more photos than those. And there are additional beds of perennials, annuals, flowering
trees, and other native plants at the entry kiosk and shade garden just
inside the gate to the gardens but I didn't get any photos of them.
I can highly recommend a visit to the Alaska Botanical Gardens. If
you love flowers and/or need a peaceful place to spend a few hours, head
to this place.
Next entry: our day trip to Hatcher Pass and
the historic Independence Mine
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the ultra Lab
© 2012 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil