The Alaska Botanical Garden consists of about 110 acres of “boreal forest”, with approximately 11 acres of cultivated gardens and interconnecting nature trails. The Garden hosts over 1,100 varieties of annual and perennial plants hardy in Southcentral Alaska. There are about 150 species of Alaska native plants in the Garden. Each of the gardens has a particular emphasis or theme, such as the Herb Garden, Alpine Rock Garden, or Anchorage Heritage Garden.
The gardens are entirely outdoors, and are fully snow-covered in winter. There is no indoor space aside from our small gift shop, please dress accordingly.
The Garden is at 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road, one block south of Tudor Rd., in Anchorage, Alaska.
Parking is available in the lot we share with the Benny Benson School. The Anchorage People Mover bus #75 is available from the Downtown Transit Center to a stop on Tudor Road near the Garden. Bus #1 has a route from the Dimond Center to a stop near the Garden as well, both stops are within a half mile of the Garden.
Directions to the Garden from the Seward Highway:
From the Seward Highway take the Tudor Road exit. Drive east toward the Chugach Mountains about 3.5 miles. Turn right (south) on Campbell Airstrip Rd. (the intersection has a traffic
light). Just beyond the Fire Station, turn left into the driveway for the Benny Benson School and Alaska Botanical Garden parking lot. The garden entrance is on the right side of the driveway.
Directions to the Garden from the Glenn Highway or Muldoon Area:
From the Glenn Highway, take the Muldoon exit. Drive south about 6 miles where the road makes a right turn to the west. Continue west to Campbell Airstrip Rd. (the intersection has a traffic light). Just beyond the Fire Station, turn left into the driveway for the Benny Benson School and Alaska Botanical Garden parking lot. The garden entrance is on the right side of the driveway.
Guided Tours of the Alaska Botanical Garden:
ABG offers guided tours, by appointment June through August.
Docent-led tours are about one hour long and up to one mile in length. Please call (907) 770-3692 ext. 0 to schedule a guided tour.
All tours meet in the retail nursery area near the Gift Shop. A docent will guide you through the Lower Perennial Garden, the Anchorage Heritage Garden, the Rock Garden, the Herb Garden, Lile’s Garden, the Wildflower Trail and the Trailside Gardens. The tour follows the main paved loop ends back in the nursery, in case you’d like to browse for plants or garden gifts!
Self-guided tour maps are available at the start of the main trail or by clicking Alaska Botanical Garden Trail Map .
The Alaska Botanical Garden is an inspiring place to hike on woodland trails, with evidence of glacial activity and views of the Chugach Mountain Range.
The 1.1 mile Lowenfels-Hoersting Family Nature Trail takes you through spruce and birch forest, to the north fork of Campbell Creek. You may even glimpse a moose or bear. This trail is closed seasonally when bear activity is high.
In Summer, the Garden is a great place for bird watching, walking, hiking, photography, painting, or reading. In Winter, you may take a quiet walk or ski through the forest.