This five acre botanical garden is located at West Tanana Drive and is a part of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. It has a large variety of trees and plants, it is outstanding in terms of diversity, rarity and historical significance. I was in fact, shocked by the variety of vegetables growing at the Botanical Gardens.
They charge a $5 entrance fee, but for the time that you spend in there it’s totally worth it. It is a pleasant place to visit and the best time to do so would be during May. The tags for the different plants are very descriptive and informative. Take your time to enjoy the gorgeous and extensive gardens and see the variety of plants that grow in the northern climate.
They had a variety of plants including annual flowers, vegetables and perennial ornamentals with an emphasis on endangered native Alaskan plants. They strive to preserve the country’s unique flora and are one of the few botanical gardens in the world that conduct research on horticulture and promote the preservation of native plants.
A visit to this botanical garden reminds one of how beautiful planet earth is and also reminds us that our native plants need to be protected. People get carried away by exotic things too often. Among plants that are native to our region are some of the most beautiful and useful species on Earth. Let’s preserve them!