Story last updated at 8/12/2009 - 1:52 pm
JUNEAU - Whether indigenous or cultivated, plants from all over the world have made their home at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum. Located just past Mile 23 on Glacier Highway, the garden is a place for horticultural education, recreation and inspiration.
The Arboretum was gifted to the City and Borough of Juneau by master gardener and long-time resident Caroline Jensen. The land was originally developed by homesteaders in the early 1900s, at which time the vegetables grown were sent to Juneau grocery stores. Today, the vegetables grown are donated to local food banks.
The weeds are pulled and the plants are tended by a combination of staff and volunteers who keep the Arboretum open for visitors year-round.
The shores of Pearl Harbor in Favorite Channel provide perfect provisions for a garden. A beach covered in seaweed and marine shell makes for excellent fertilizer for the flowers, vegetables and trees at the Arboretum.
The Arboretum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday throughout the year. For information on visiting, volunteering or donating, call 789-0139 or visit juneau.org/parkrec.