The mission of the 110-acre Alaska Botanical Garden is to showcase the beauty and value of Alaska’s gardens and natural areas through science, education, and recreation using organic and sustainable practices.
The site consists mainly of spruce and birch forest. 80 acres are fenced to protect the gardens from moose. Pieces of sculpture are dotted throughout.
The Garden features 8 developed demonstration gardens and a special location for Junior Master Gardeners. Among the varied gardens is 3+ season Lile's Garden, home to an American Peony Society Gold Medal Peony collection along with a wide range of Primulas, Tulips, and other groundcover perennials.
A two-mile family nature trail winds down to Campbell Creek where salmon spawn, and offers views of the Chugach Range.