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 2020
See Events page for more information
March 6: Photo Exhibit Opening, Centennial
Hall, sponsored by FJOA
March 20-22: Garden Conference, Centennial
Hall, sponsored by SEAK Master Gardeners
April 16: Friends of Jensen-Olson
Arboretum annual membership meeting
May 9: Super Plant Sale, Safeway
May TBA: Day of Primula, arboretum
May TBA: AK Public Gardens Day, arboretum
July 18: Annual Garden Groups Picnic arboretum
TBA: 3 Children's Programs, arboretum
August 15: Life Members Recognition Event
Thanks to all of you who attended our fundraiser at the Amalga Distillery Sep. 19 and to our gracious hosts at Amalaga Distillery...a truly enjoyable event.
AND to those who have supported the Lovely Loo project with raffle ticket purchase or donations
AND to those who plan to make donations through Pick Click Give when you apply for your PFD this year. Your generosity is inspiring.
Beautiful any Time of Year !