It’s been an amazing year at the Alaska Botanical Garden! The official ribbon cutting of the Anchorage Heritage Garden at our annual Mid Summer Gala was a great way to celebrate Anchorage’s centennial and the remarkable gardening heritage we have here. This garden, designed by local landscape designer Ayse Gilbert, was a huge hit with visitors.
By contributing to our annual appeal, you will help
the Alaska Botanical Garden continue to grow.
As a non-profit organization, our efforts are funded through community, visitor, foundation and business support. Without you, we could not exist. The Alaska Botanical Garden is committed to education, recreation, preservation and research. Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped the garden grow over the years. To give you a sense of our accomplishments supported by members and donors, take a look below.
Our 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program in the Anchorage School District is thriving. Over the course of five years, we are working with the same group of students in eight low-income schools. Over 630 students and their families are learning how to grow and prepare food. Think of the gardeners that they will become! Other education efforts include the Junior Master Gardener summer camp, Annual Spring Conference and a robust fall and winter workshop schedule.
In addition to the Centennial celebration, we introduced the Beer Garden. This sold out event had over 260 participants who enjoyed locally brewed beer, food from local food trucks and great music. We will bring this event back in 2016 and add Wine in the Woods as well. These festive events are a fun way to celebrate the beauty of the Garden and expand our audience.
After receiving a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, staff and volunteers have been completely overhauling our accession data base system. What exactly is an accession system? It is the equipment and methods used to record all permanent specimens in our collection because, as a botanical garden, we are stewards of this living museum.
Research at the Garden is in its infancy and in 2014, we drafted guidelines for future research projects in addition to continuing cooperative research projects with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Alaska Pacific University, and the Alaska Rock Garden Society. Those who braved the rain at our fall Harvest Day experienced several different garlic and cilantro samples as part of this effort.
Coming soon in 2016… we just received funding from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in support of our plans to build greenhouses and will launch a capital campaign this winter to raise remaining funds needed to break ground this spring. Primary greenhouse funding from the Rasmuson Foundation was secured in 2014.
Just last week, the Board and ABG Friends raised over $20,000 at our December Challenge. This year, we have had over 750 donors and 200 volunteers, we are thrilled to recognize the following funders and businesses for their substantial financial and in-kind support. Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Humanities Forum, Atwood Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Royal Botanical Garden/Kew Millennium Seed Bank, US Forest Service, BP, Earthscape, Mad Dog Graphx, and Great Originals. We will have a complete list of donors posted on our website in January.
Our year-end appeal goal is to raise an additional $20,000 before December 31st. These funds will sustain us over the next few months as we plan for the 2016 gardening season. Please join us in this effort and have a wonderful holiday season.
To donate to the Alaska Botanical Garden click here or call 907-770-3692 ext 0 or checks can be mailed to 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road, Anchorage, AK 99507.
Thank you for supporting the Alaska Botanical Garden!