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
Please stay tuned for Event updates for 2021.
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. Our 2020 raffle is now over. Check out the raffle page to see the list of winners! Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and donated prizes!
In December, Merrill Jensen retired from his role as the Arboretum Manager after 13.5 years of hard work and dedication. We have been so incredibly lucky to have him at the helm and he will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best in retirement.
Early this year, our new Manager, Ginger Hudson will be taking the reins. She is bringing with her a wealth of experience and an enthusiasm to take Merrill's vision and inspiration into the future. We are excited for her to get started!
The PFD application period is now open until March 31st. Please consider selecting the Friends of Jensen-Olson Arboretum for your Pick Click Give donation this year. Your generosity is inspiring. We appreciate your support.
Beautiful any Time of Year !
Mail: PO Box 33936 Juneau, AK 99803