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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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View the world renowned Upside Down Flower Towers only at Glacier...

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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Beautiful Rainforest

My family went here in July. This place is acres and acres of rainforest situation along the side of a mountain owned by a private owner. The owner has been in the process of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kathleen R
Antioch, California

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Antioch, California
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family went here in July. This place is acres and acres of rainforest situation along the side of a mountain owned by a private owner. The owner has been in the process of developing the land, paving roads up and down the mountain, planting beautiful flowers, etc. When you first walk in to the visitor center there are hundreds... More 

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Madison Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We visited on a rainy day in September 2015 and enjoyed our time there. What surprised us was all of the colors we experienced this late in the season. We can only imagine what it must be like during it's peak. We were well taken care of and enjoyed our trip through the rainforest and our vista from the top.... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Meghan the guide was great. Outdoor gear provided was a bit porus. Some of the other travelers should not have been allowed on the tour due to their physical issues. They were told at least 3 times about what to expect. However, one individual fell a number of times. No injuries.

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the sea ranch
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Very interesting. It was part of the glaciers tour or we would not know it was here. The work to develop this property was unbelievable, and the upside down trees were beautiful. Nice gift shop and restrooms. Friendly staff.

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Jackson, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This was a great way to spend some time, even in the rain. We were taken on a golf cart up a trail filled with many plants, trees and waterfalls. The young guide was very knowledgeable. He was a native of Juneau. The upside down trees were the highlight of the experience. It looked like they had taken some trees,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Nice garden. The upside down tree planters were pretty cool. We were there on a insane rainy day. Since you don't actually walk through this garden, it was a good rainy day activity as you are in a covered vehicle as they drive through. Lots of beautiful trees and a few animals.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Glacier gardens is known for its upside down trees but there is so much more to see. Your guide will drive you around in a 6 passenger golf cart and tell you the fascinating and funny story of one man's plan to create beauty and preserve land. No you cannot get out of the cart but you move slowly and... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Although famous for the "upside down trees," the true jewel of this site is the beautiful temperate rain forest. Privately owned, adjacent to Tongass National Forest, the site is fully accessible only by golf cart "limos". Only 6-8 people per vehicle. Viewpoint at top overlooks Gastineau Channel. Our guide, Eli, was funny, informative and he obviously loves what he does,

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Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Walking through the rain forest with our well informed guide was enchanting and complemented the natural beauty of the forest.

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

After touring a rainy Mendenhall Glacier NP, we were really surprised by this garden. It exceeded our expectations on this rainy day. The upside down trees with hanging plants, the colorful ponds, the hanging baskets all viewed in a covered tram. Topped off by some hot huckleberry chocolate. A must see.

Thank Bob A

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