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 will be raising funds for improved toilet facilities, which were given high priority in a survey of arboretum visitors.
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 2019
May 11: Super Plant Sale, Safeway
May 19: Day of Primula, Arboretum
May 25: AK Public Gardens Day, Arboretum
June 1: Children's Program (Poop in the Garden) Arboretum
July 13: Annual Garden Groups Picnic Arboretum
July 20: Children's Program (Art in the Garden) Arboretum
August 10: Children's Program (Bug Day!), Arboretum
October (TBA): Fundraiser
What's in Bloom June 21
Something new blooming every day!