Staff & Contact Information

Garden Hours: Open daily year-round during daylight hours

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm

Location & Mailing Address: 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
one block south of Tudor Road

Telephone: 907-770-3692 / Fax: 907-770-0555

Main Garden E-mail: garden (at) alaskabg.org

Executive Director


Michael A. Monterusso
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Mike grew up in Michigan and holds a Master of Science degree in horticulture from Michigan State. He has 10 years of experience in the public horticulture industry working at botanical gardens in multiple climate zones. He’s recently been active in the Anchorage community as a board member of the Alaska Native Plant Society and as a volunteer with Covenant House Alaska. He’s passionate about connecting people with plants and promoting ABG’s mission to enhance the beauty and value of plant material through education, preservation, recreation, and research.

Interim Gardens & Facilities Manager

In the Garden at the Alaska Botanical Garden

William Criner
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William Criner has always had an interest in the natural world. On long hikes and camping trips, his father introduced him to the forests of Tennessee. William attended Murray State University and received a BS in Agriculture focusing on Horticulture. Since then he has worked in Gardens, Nurseries, Florist Shops, and Greenhouses. In June of 2013 William became the Assistant Horticulturist at ABG, where he does everything from weeding to youth development! Since starting at ABG William has been involved with many construction projects as well as Education programs. His main focus is maintenance of the gardens and forest at ABG. William often commutes to work on a bicycle and is involved with many community cycling groups!

Program Director & Volunteer Coordinator

Alaska Botanical Garden news signage programs
Stacey Shriner
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Stacey has spent the last 10 years as an educator both inside and outside of the formal classroom setting. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University and a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish from Goshen College.  It was in the mountains of Oregon where she finally found the path she wanted to take with education and now devotes her time and energy to teaching children and adults about their natural world. She has spent her entire life as an environmental traveler, exploring everything under foot and over head, from the deserts of Arizona to the lagoons in Florida. She is ecstatic to call Alaska home and can’t wait to see what adventures await!

Education Specialist


Patrick Ryan
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Patrick Ryan is a retired first grade teacher and an Alaskan Master Gardener. He is the Education Specialist for the Alaska Botanical Garden and teaches gardening classes for children and adults. Pat hails from Davenport, Iowa where he learned the love of gardening from his parents, and spent his youth climbing trees and exploring the Midwest countryside. He views gardening as a big science experiment and has learned as much from botanical mistakes as successes. Happiness is being outdoors and puttering in the garden. As a professional musician of over 40 years experience, he fronts Fish and Chips, the Carhartt Brothers and the Silver Train bands.

Membership & Office Manager

Brooke Wegner
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Born and raised in Valdez Alaska, Brooke returned to Alaska after 12 years in the lower 48. After spending a year at Southern Oregon University, Brooke continued her degree in Seattle at the Art Institute and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Management. After working a couple years in Seattle, she continued to feed her desire for adventure and exploration and moved to Lake Tahoe and then to Portland Oregon where she worked several years in marketing. Excited to be back in her home state where she can settle in and establish roots.  When Brooke isn’t spending time with friends and family she loves to ski, hike, play volleyball, expand her yoga skills, and travel to new places. We are excited to welcome Brooke to the ABG team and are looking forward to the new and fresh possibilities.

 

We also recommend the American Public Gardens Association’s website as a good resource for job openings at botanical gardens  and arboreta throughout the US.

If you are looking for staff that have recently worked for ABG please email garden(at)alaskabg.org and we will do our best to connect you.