Gardens & Trails
This peaceful and serene garden is named in honor of Lile Bernard Rasmuson. Recently completed, it was designed by renowned landscape architect, Carol R. Johnson, in conjunction with local firm, Earthscape. Plantings and selections were guided by local artist and Garden Designer Ayse Gilbert. Fruit trees hardy to Southcentral Alaska are showcased here, as well as a “Gold Medal” Peony collection and Primula collection.
LOWER PERENNIAL GARDEN
Designed by Wendy Anderson, this garden was created to demonstrate perennials hardy to Southcentral Alaska, such as delphiniums, poppies, peonies, hostas, iris, phlox, rockcress, fall aster, primula, Asiatic lilies, meadow rue, and roses. The displays of peonies and Himalayan blue poppies in this garden are dramatic in June and July.
Designed by Cathy Sage and Land Design North; built in 1996, the Herb Garden is a haven of botanical delights. It showcases a variety of
annual and perennial culinary and medicinal herbs. This garden is lovingly maintained by volunteers of the Herb Study Group, a creation of the Anchorage Master Gardeners.
The Rock Garden is a labor of love constructed and maintained by the Alaska Rock Garden Society. Optimal conditions here allow 350+ species of specialized alpine plants to thrive, including specimens from Alaska, Scandinavian countries, China, and the Himalayas. One section of this garden contains Tufa rock from a deposit in British Columbia. Another portion of the Rock Garden showcases planted hand-made tufa troughs. The troughs contain miniature alpine plants creating tiny gardens of their own.
ANCHORAGE HERITAGE GARDEN
The Anchorage Heritage Garden, celebrates the 2015 Anchorage Centennial. This charming re-creation of an old-style Anchorage garden depicts the lush plantings of vegetables, annuals, and perennials common in Anchorage from 1915 – 1950. Harvested produce is donated to the FoodBank of Alaska and Bean’s Cafe to promote “Plant a Row for the Hungry”.
Long gardens on each side of the paved trail outside of the Junior Master Gardener area make great comparisons to each other for shade and sun loving plants. The shady side of the trail features shield leaf rodgersia, leopard’s bane, daylilies, and cowslip primula. The sunny trail side features ornamental grasses, giant bee balm, Asiatic lilies, northern hardy azaleas, and colorful yarrows.
This special location is exclusively for children to learn and experience the joy of growing their own food and plants. The entry to JMG is comprised of large raised beds which the children fill with edible plants. The back entry to JMG features a small fruit orchard of alpine currants, red currants, blueberries and strawberries, all perennial in our zone.
Marked by its rustic, wattle-fence edging, this trail hosts many examples of common Alaskan wildflowers and native plants. It is planted and maintained by the Wildflower Garden Club. An SUV sized glacier erratic is a remnant boulder pushed down from the Chugach Mountains by a long retreated glacier. The big boulder wears a coat of mosses and lichens in a myriad of colors.
Our Entry Gardens and Campbell Airstrip Road Sign Garden welcome visitors with successive splashes of color throughout the growing season. These gardens are anchored with hardy perennials which gracefully blend into the native boreal forest behind them. Varieties of plants in the Entry are generally moose resistant as this area is outside of the eight foot tall fence which protects our display gardens from these giant herbivores.
ENTRY PLAZA & SHADE GARDEN
Many interesting varieties of Primula spp., a flowering crabapple tree, hardy perennials, and container annuals which thrive in shady locations are featured in the welcome area just inside the entry gate. A small sheltered kiosk contains free information for gardeners, birders, visitors, and homeowners.
LOWENFELS-HOERSTING FAMILY NATURE TRAIL
This 1.1 mile trail winds down to Campbell Creek, where salmon spawn. Views of the Chugach Range are featured mid-trail. There are two sets of stairs on the trail. Watch for wildlife along the route, and use the printed guide at the trail head to find the 22 interpretive signs.