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The Georgeson Botanical Garden is part of the School of Natural Resources and Extension at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The nationally recognized garden was created by Christian Georgeson in the early 20th century – one of several experimental agricultural stations in the state – to learn what crops would grow best in the Alaskan climate and to share information and techniques with local residents. The garden continues this work today through plant trials and research, but it also contributes to the community with creative annual events like the Dead End Poets Society. The garden boasts a giant hedge maze and at one of the many dead ends, visitors will find poems written by local students.
Although many visitors noted that recent budget cuts resulted in many overgrown beds, most still said it was worth a visit for a peaceful walk among the native Alaskan plants. Some families also complimented the childrens garden and outdoor labyrinth, as well as the raised viewing area facing the Alaska Range.
The Georgeson Botanical Garden is located at the School of Natural Resources and Extension at the University of Alaska and is free to the public, although donations are encouraged. The best way to reach the garden is by car; it's located a little more than 5 miles northwest of downtown Fairbanks. The garden is open daily from June 1 to Labor Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free Garden at a Glance maps are available at the welcome kiosk. See more information on the garden's website.
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