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Address: 7600 Glacier Highway, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK
Phone Number: +1 907-790-3377
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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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Spectacular...Juneau local has been missing a gem!

Wow, I have lived in Juneau for ages and driven past this garden forever. We had friends and family in town with a mix of ages and physical abilities and this tour was the PERFECT... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Juneau, Alaska

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Wasn't worth the money especially if you take cab. Otherwise nice views and nice knowledgable guides. If you have other opportunities to see the forest than pass on this. I can see people who have difficulty walking finding this to be a great view of the Alaska Forrest because you are driven in golf carts.

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baltimore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A pleasant hour or so. Upside down trees/flower containers were interesting and beautiful. However, you are carted around by golf carts and can't hike around much.

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Juneau, Alaska
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Wow, I have lived in Juneau for ages and driven past this garden forever. We had friends and family in town with a mix of ages and physical abilities and this tour was the PERFECT answer. Unbelievably beautiful gardens; an informative and fun trip through the rain forest in the covered transport cart (with a great guide pointing out things,... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We visited this gorgeous location 16 years ago, when it was still in its infancy. Then it was already very interesting, now it is beautiful as well. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and approachable, and all staff members are very friendly. The price might seem steep, but it is definitely worth the admission. An hour of awesome beauty and information.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

As a gardener I was intrigued to see what the Upside down Gardens were all about - absolutely fascinating and original - trees uprooted by a landslide turned into an amazing spectacle through considered planting in among the remaining roots of the trees now firmly embedded upside down. Never mind the wonderful hanging baskets one sees everywhere in bloom, this... More 

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Napoleon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

We took a city bus for $8 to visit the gardens plus the cost of admission. It was a very wet rainy and cold day. Trip up to the top was nice although a little scarey at times. The view at the top was basically the airport. The flowers are pretty in the entrance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This exursion was part of a packaged deal with Mendenhall Glacier and the Salmon Hatchery in Juneau. You definitely get your money's worth out of this exursion. Make sure you don't plan any other excursions on the day you plan this one because it takes up like 75% of your day.

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Suffern, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect. Was pleasantly surprised. Pretty stunning flowers and displays of nature. Try the hot chocolate, it was very good!

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Lompoc, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I was stunned by the wonderful innovations that the owner/creator of this property has accomplished. I've never seen anything quite like this. Huge trees that were uprooted by an avalanche many years ago, have been turned upside down, imbedded into the ground and huge displays of flowers adorn the crown of the trees, formerly the root system. There are literally... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The adventure is riding a tram through a winding road. It is a for real rainforest. Nice gift shop and coffee bar with reasonable prices. We discovered too late there were few made in USA items for sale but bought stuff anyway.

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Address: 7600 Glacier Highway, 7 Mi From Downtown Cruise Docks, 1 Mi From the Airport, Juneau, AK
Phone Number: +1 907-790-3377
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Juneau

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