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Address: 7600 Glacier Highway, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK 99801
Phone Number: 9077903377
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Description: View the world renowned Upside Down Flower Towers only at Glacier Gardens...
View the world renowned Upside Down Flower Towers only at Glacier Gardens, AND indulge your senses in the naturally stunning temperate rainforest garden of the Tongass National Forest (tour provided in cooperation with the United States Forest Service). Your fully guided tour offers you a unique and fascinating garden experience that combines natural landscapes and non-native manicured gardens for the most colorful garden display found in Alaska's capital city. Tucked in the grasp of the mighty Tongass National Forest you will discover an Alaskan botanical garden unlike any found throughout the world. Travel onboard a guided tour through Juneau's temperate rainforest in covered vehicles while learning about native plant species such as Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock trees, devil's club, and skunk cabbage. No tour gives you easier access to the gorgeous Tongass atmostphere. The vast gardens are the creation of Steve and Cindy Bowhay, former local commercial fisherman and local master gardeners. Your guide will escort you through the gardens, past the renowned Flower Towers which were named as America's Most Interesting Landmark in a 2012 Reader's Digest issue, and into the rugged and unforgiving Tongass habitat to explain about the history of this property and to highlight the interesting characteristics of the natural environment you now find yourself. Bright floral arrangements and elegantly designed landscapes complement the natural beauty of the towering temperate rainforest and the cascading waterfalls bubbling nearby. There is a break for a short walk to an amazing cliff-side panoramic viewpoint where the thick forest gives way to a sweeping view of Juneau, the Mendenhall Valley, Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island, and the Chilkat Mountains. You return to the lower gardens where you can spend more time meandering the grounds and indulging in the Visitor's Center atrium filled with even more floral structures, such as the heart shaped impatience and hanging flower gardens - some petunias stretch to up to 12 feet long! The Visitor's Center features a live video feed from a camera aimed at an active bald eagles nest that is found on the property. You can find the feed online at our website as well. The Garden Gift Shop sells garden specific gifts like the wildflower-seed packets that you can plant at home, and the Garden Cafe serves espresso drinks, beverages, and light snacks so you can re-energize for your next Juneau adventure.
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An amazing place to start!

We came to Juneau for a week and decided to go to the gardens first. We had time to kill before we could check in to our hotel and I am so glad we came here. The staff was awesome... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We came to Juneau for a week and decided to go to the gardens first. We had time to kill before we could check in to our hotel and I am so glad we came here. The staff was awesome and told us about different places to visit and things to do around Juneau as well as giving us a... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Ride a golf cart up the side of a mountain through a botanical garden and pause for the view from an overlook. I believe they do weddings in the garden as well.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our brief stop here! According to them it was a perfect day to visit, as the weather was a mix between sun and clouds and rain free! Taking a ride through the rainforest and seeing the beautiful trees, landscape, and flowers was definitely worthwhile! Morgan and Reed (sp?) were our guides and both were super friendly, very knowledgeable,... More 

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peabody
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Beautiful flowers and landscaping, an awesome view from the top of the property. The guides are friendly and informative. Snack shop, gift shop, restrooms.

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Pahrump, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a fun tour if the day is nice. The upside down trees with flowers planted in them were unique. We went on a rainy day and with two sweatshirts and a light rain coat, I was uncomfortably cold.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Took advantage of the Alaska Toursaver coupon! This was a Fabulous find on a misty Alaska morning. It is a gardeners paradise and the tour guides are full of information given in a witty entertaining way. The staff went out of their way to make our visit memorable and the tram ride was entertaining and educational

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Monroe, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is the the home of the upside-down trees. The owner got the novel idea to take trees that had been uprooted by a big storm back in 2006, dig a hole, and plant them with the roots sticking up. Then he planted a variety of plants and flowers in the root system, creating some unique floral masterpieces. We took... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My family and I chose to visit this venue while in Juneau and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have an appreciation of gardening and nature you will enjoy this sight. Upon arriving, we walked through a landscaped garden featuring upside down trees being used as a type of hanging flower basket (you have to see it to fully appreciate it).... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We had a few hours in the afternoon and went by this place. A great surprise. A master gardener went crazy with landscaping and a great view. The guides are very knowledgeable and happy to spend time with you.

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Joplin, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Stunning views and such creative gardening and preservation of natural environment. Thoroughly enjoyed our ride through the forest and really admire the hard work and creativity in these gardens.

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