Friends of Jensen-Olson Arboretum is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the projects and programs of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum, Southeast Alaska’s outstanding public garden and national primrose collection.
Caroline Jensen donated the historical arboretum property at 23-mile Glacier Highway to the City and Borough of Juneau. The Arboretum was opened to the public in 2007 and has evolved into a garden destination and a living laboratory featuring over 1200 native and cultivated species.
The Arboretum embodies Caroline’s vision of a garden that inspires learning in horticulture, natural sciences, and landscaping while preserving its beauty for aesthetic enjoyment and maintaining the historical and cultural context. Caroline's garden is protected by a conservation easement held by the Southeast Alaska Land Trust so that her garden will remain for future generations to enjoy its beauty.
23035 Glacier Hwy Juneau AK 99801
Caring for Caroline's Garden
Friends of Jensen-Olson Arboretum supports the projects and programs of the Arboretum through fundraising, public outreach, education, and organizing volunteer service at the Arboretum.
Fundraising activities include the annual sale of arboretum plants at the Super Plant Sale, the Saturday before Mothers Day. Sale of Baseball caps with the arboretum logo and commemorative bricks are offered all year round (support page).
Special projects in 2018 were construction of an entry arch (thank you Bill Ehlers), a new parking lot, new access trail (thank you Trail Mix), and entry information panel. In 2019 we raised funds for the Lovely Loo, improved toilet facilities, which were given high priority in a survey of arboretum visitors. Our project focus in 2020 will be to improve interpretive signage.
Activities at the Arboretum
Visit our Facebook photo gallery
Intertidal exploration during seaweek
Students harvest Tlingit potatoes
Rufous hummingbird research, US Forest Service
Jensen-Olson Arboretum Events 2021
Alaska Public Gardens Day, May 29
Solstice Garden Party, June 20 5-7pm
2021 Children's Programs:
Bug Day, July 3 10am-12:30pm
Garden Organizations Picnic, July 31 5-7pm
More events to come!
The Arboretum Remains Open
Wed-Sun 9a-5p until further notice; Visitors are asked to follow safety guidelines posted on the kiosk and the COVID-19 page on this website.
Call For Artists!
We are holding a contest to select an artist to make our new "Lovely Loo" truly live up to its name. Visit our Artist Application page for more information!
Wednesday Plant Sales!
Every Wednesday at 6pm throughout summer, we will be posting plants for sale on our online store. Each plant is hand picked by arboretum manager, Ginger Hudson. If you are a current member, you will receive an email at least an hour ahead of time with special links to order the plants early. The PFD application period is now closed, but you may still add your donation to Friends of Jensen-Olson Arboretum until August 1. Thank you for considering us for a Pick Click Give donation this year. We appreciate your support.
Beautiful any Time of Year !
Mail: PO Box 33936 Juneau, AK 99803