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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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The upside-down flower towers are unlike anything I've ever seen before. Creative, beautiful, and colorful. Loved the tranquil ride through the rainforest and the view at the top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Rochester, New York

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

The upside-down flower towers are unlike anything I've ever seen before. Creative, beautiful, and colorful. Loved the tranquil ride through the rainforest and the view at the top. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Tour was well organized. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Juneau.

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Monticello, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The Glacier Gardens are beautiful! I was truly amazed at the unexpected lushness of the flowers and forest. I guess with so many hours of daylight, the flowers really take advantage of the summer. I've never seen upside down trees - they're used as planters and are gorgeous. The owner seems to be quite eccentric, but the result is a... More 

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Warren, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The flowers are pretty and I guess if you aren't a hiker, the golf cart tour through the woods is pretty. We took the local bus to get there. For me, it wasn't one of the best things I did in Juneau but I would guess that many people like it. it would be much better if there were little... More 

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Hartly
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you like flowers/gardens...this if for you. Tram ride through forest with narrative by driver. The ride itself is pretty exciting. A learning experience along with beautiful scenery. Worth a visit.

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Webster, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Liked the interesting tour, the beautiful hanging flowers, the upside down umbrellas in the beautiful gift shop and of course the upside down trees near the entrance.

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Richmond, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful botanical garden ever visited. I visited June16, 2015 in perfectly good weather conditions. The upside down trees had beautiful flowers bedded within to a perfection.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Who ever would have thought that there could be such beautiful gardens with such a short growing season. The owners did it all and what an idea "upside down trees" I wonder if I could do that in Florida. A golf cart takes you up the approx 600' to a beautiful view and the ride thru the rainforest on the... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Best GardenTour in Juneau! The landscape, upside trees, and beautiful flowers! Definitely worth the trip! Do NOT visit the Juneau Rainforest Garden - that place is a rip off!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is an excellent tour... if you can afford the $25 we thought it well worth it. The rain didn't stop us and we were pleased we took the time to stop. We had a private tour guide and the ride to the top was informative and beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Very friendly and informative staff. Took a golf cart to the top so an easy "hike". Better view from here then the trams in town.. Would definitely come back. Would be a great place for a wedding.

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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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