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The two RV Gypsies
At Georgeson Botanical Gardens
117 West Tanana Drive
on the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska
July 25, 2016

The Georgeson Botanical Garden is a five-acre garden hosting a variety of research and educational programs in subarctic horticulture. It is open to the public during daylight hours, usually June 1 through Labor Day, for a small fee. It is part of the Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. The garden was named after Charles Christian Georgeson, who was the USDA Special Agent in charge of Alaska Investigations in 1899. Dr. Georgeson arrived in Alaska during the Gold Rush to research the possibilities for agriculture in Alaska. He surveyed the land near Fairbanks and started the Fairbanks Experiment Farm. A portion of the land was later annexed for use as the first campus of the University of Alaska.

Research at the garden involves a variety of plants including annual flowers, vegetables and perennial ornamentals with an emphasis on Alaska native plants. A ten-year effort began in 2001 to explore the possibility of exporting fresh cut flowers and has led to a small industry centered on peonies. Flowers have been exported to retail and wholesale markets since 2007. Because of Alaska's northern environment, many flowers bloom later than other regions, providing a competitive advantage on world markets. Research also emphasizes domestication and management of wild stands especially of Alaska wild blueberries and lingonberries.

Georgeson Botanical Garden sign

Alaska Giant Cabbage sign

Below: Really big cabbage. Lee had to touch it in order for the photo to show how big the cabbage is.

Alaska Giant Cabbages

Alaska Giant Cabbage

Below: Karen just loved the view looking through the fence at the end of the bouncy bridge.

Lee Duquette on a wiggly bridge view through the fence
view through the fence view through the fence
waterfall and bear at Georgeson Botanical Garden growth and heat sign
Lee Duquette at at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flowers at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flowers at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flowers at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flowers at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flowers at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower and bee at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

Asistic Lily "Elodie"

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

Asisitic Lily

flowers at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flowers at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flowers at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flowers at Georgeson Botanical Garden

pansy and bee

sunflower

sunflower and bee

sunflower

sunflower

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

bud

flower at Georgeson Botanical Garden

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