Friday, May 24, 2013

Visit the botanical garden for free on Public Gardens Day

Although it won't be this green around the treehouse, children will enjoy visiting the Georgeson Botanical Garden Saturday as part of the museum and garden tour.
Saturday, May 25 provides an opportunity to visit the Georgeson Botanical Garden for free, on Alaska Public Gardens Day.

Granted, there isn't a whole lot to see, admits GBG Director Pat Holloway. "Usually things are blooming by now but we don't even have a dandelion," she said.

Holloway still encouraged people to stop by the garden on Saturday. "It's a good time to see what leafs out early," she said. "The honey berries are one of the first things to bloom and you can check out the perennials and see what the moose really favor."

The wildflower seeds will be sown next week and the flower baskets will go up around June 1. "It's beautiful and sunny here," Holloway said. "Take a nice stroll in the garden." Children will enjoy playing in the new treehouse. Cookies and ice water will be served and the GBG is on the Museum Day scavenger hunt.

Holloway reminded that the garden is a pet-free zone. It is located at the far west end of the UAF campus at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, 117 Tanana Drive.

Saturday is the 15th annual Fairbanks Museums Day, from noon to 5. The event coincides with Alaska Public Gardens Day. The GBG is a program of the UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences.

Further reading:

Museum Day offers you Fairbanks' history for free, Fairbanks Daily News Miner, by Julie Stricker, May 24, 2013

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