The Color Shot of the Week
5/19/2017 – The Flower Towers are fallen trees that we flip upside-down and install a rainbow of colorful plants on top of the roots. They welcome you to our little slice of paradise!
5/14/2017 – Happy Mothers Day to Cindy, the mother of the Glacier Gardens Family!
05/12/2017 – Check out the latest upgrade to our eagle camera now streaming in HD quality. It’s not tremendously exciting now as they incubate the egg, but you can watch as the baby eaglet hatches at the end of May and will grow and learn to fly all summer long!
May 1, 17 – Steve worked his magic to install the first upside down tree of the season! More to Come!!
April 28, 17 – Martha Martha Martha Washington’s ready to be planted!
April 8, 2017 – Two days with high temps over 50 degrees has the rhubarb waking up from their winter slumber!
March 29, 2017 – Guided garden and rainforest tours at Juneau’s only colorful botanical gardens attraction! Photo from June 2016.
March 14, 2017 – It snowed just a little bit this spring…about 24 inches in 3 days!
March 9, 2017 – These little ‘superbells’ in apricot orange are going to be stunning baskets of blossoms great for hummingbird feeders in the Gardens.
March 1, 2017 – Where the growing begins in Southeast Alaska!! From the Grower to Your Gardens – it’s Glacier Gardens!
February 17, 2017 – A customer picture of the gorgeous pond-side displays. This is located where the covered, motorized trams load up for the Rainforest Adventure portion of the tour.
February 10, 2017 – Eagle camera fun…GOING UP!! Steve installing our latest eagle camera upgrade, more to come soon!
February 2, 2017 – Juneau showing off on a crisp February sunny day!
January 19, 2017 – Throwback to Last summer with John Halls Alaska enjoying the gardens and learning how to plant a tree upside-down!
January 9, 2017 – The first batch of seedlings and rooted cuttings have arrived at the greenhouses!
January 4, 2017 – Daydreaming of summer fun and displays in the Gardens.
November 15, 2016 – Deck the halls with fresh Christmas decorations at Glacier Gardens this winter season.
October 10, 2016 – Fall colors accenting the dormant Flower Tower with creeping charlie cascading down.
09/14/16 – Signs of fall are on display in the ‘waterfall’ lace leaf Japanese maples as they turn colors.
09/06 – Juneau’s typical forecast says “numerous and scattered showers” – we don’t know when or where, but we know they’re coming. But today’s view was spared by the fog and rains and we enjoyed showing our visitors Southeast Alaska at its finest!
Cool video of the Gardens – September is starting off with gorgeous weather!
08/19 – Autumn in August in Alaska: Fireweed cotton, bright red devils club leaves, and ripe huckleberries are sure signs of fall creeping into the forest, but the garden displays still look fantastic!
08/07 – Last night was the most glorious evening for making your lifelong promises! Congratulations Austin and Jessica, thanks for choosing Glacier Gardens for your wedding location!
07/25 – The fun never stops for Steve playing in the garden!
A stunning Art Deco dahlia! 07/22/2016
We had a fun field trip with Discovery Southeast as the kiddos were learning about botany. Future GGRA guides in the making! 07/14/2016
Magical gardens, where fairies swing in impatiens filled rooms! 07/09/2016
Fireweed are mixed into the garden displays this time of year! A common wildflower, fireweed is edible as an ingredient in syrups and jams! 07/08/2016
July 4th – Happy Independence Day! This was the view from our observation deck during last night’s fireworks display in downtown Juneau.
Oh what a day for a daydream….
Here is a snap of Steve’s latest and greatest garden installation and Flower Tower design! 06/30/2016
Our friends from North Carolina sent us their version of a Glacier Gardens inspired Flower Tower! Great job! 06/28/2016
You never know what you will find hiding in the gardens. We’ve been playing ‘game of gnomes’ for our Disney tours! 06/23/2016
Rufous hummingbird nests are made of spiderweb and soft plant materials, including lichens on the outside for camouflage…this nest is in a western hemlock branch and contains two chicks. They fledge at 21 days old, so we guess these guys are maybe half to 2/3 of the way there. So neat!! 06/22/2016
Juneau in all it’s glory!
Our naturalist Katie captures the magnificent rhodies in bloom around the gardens. 06/03/2016
Another one of those Juneau days! 06/08/2016
The American flag is flying from our observation deck for Memorial Day. 05/31/2016
Upside-down umbrellas inside our visitors center and upside-down trees in the gardens, our beautiful perspective! 05/29/2016
Gorgeous Swedish Ivy decorates a corner of the visitor center! 05/25/2016
You do not want to miss the rhodie display developing this summer. 05/21/2016
Finished Flower Towers basking in the morning sun. A favorable forecast and awesome displays found throughout the gardens this week! 05/11/2016
05/01/2016 – Signs of spring in Juneau – Skunk cabbage and salmon berry blossoms in the forest, fresh dusting of snow on the mountain peaks, and Steve installing locally grown plants on the tops of his Flower Towers!
Busy bees are pollinating the salmon berries throughout the gardens! 04/19/2016
Primroses are an early riser in Juneau gardens! 04/08/2016
Un-furled fiddlehead fern fronds are edible at this time of year! 04/02/2016
Dandy Daffodil, a Narcissus. 03/28/2016
The eagles returned to their nest for a spring visit. We look forward to seeing them much more in the coming months! See a live look at our Eagle Cam page. 03/23/2016
The greenhouses are not the only thing bursting to life. The forest is SPRINGING to life! 03/10/2016
June 2015 – a great photo by our neighbor Sandi Shaw who’s million bell baskets grown at our Gardens made the best natural hummingbird feeders! 03/07/2016
Watching Alaska Airlines fly into the sunset. 03/06/2016
Bada Bing Bada Boom – Begonias in bloom – So be sure to make room – Because spring is coming soon!! 02/26/2016
At Glacier Gardens our slogan is “From the Grower to your Gardens” because we are the only place in Southeast Alaska with a home-grown crop that looks anything like this! 02/15/2016
Germinating pansies will be ready to plant in the gardens in May! 01/19/2016
January sees the most spectacular sunsets. 01/06/2016
12/1/2015 – Custom designed centerpieces and table arrangements hand-made by the talented growers at our Glacier Gardens Nursery!
September 9, 2015 – We don’t like to use the F word too much, but FALL is making itself known on the vine maples showcasing their fall red foliage.
September 4, 2015 – Flowering cabbages accent a lone Flower Tower at the top loading zone. Just love the colorful cabbages at the base of the inverted tree!
September 1 – Glacier Gardens – a petal above the rest.
August 28, 2015 – A flowering maple Chinese lantern (Abutilon hybridum), illuminates the Indian dune geranium.
August 15 – Bloodgood Japanese Maple leaves from below. Excellent weather this weekend for a garden stroll!
August 8 – Pond side astilbe displays.
Astilbes in a variety of colors found throughout the Gardens.
Fly agaric amanita tucked under a nest spruce.
July 31 – The huckleberries are looking particularly nice this year!
July 24th – Happy Anniversary Steve and Cindy!
July 21, 2015 – having fun exploring the many different waterfalls cascading throughout Glacier Gardens.
July 3, 2015 – Steve’s Rock cascading a beautiful waterfall with no effort at all.
July 1, 2015 – Oak ferns with their long and delicate fronds branching across the forest floor.
June 27, 2015 – SHOO DEER, SHOO!
June 26, 2015 – Peony perfection!!
June 22, 2015 – Our Visitor’s Center has stunning displays and a floral aroma you simply have to see and smell to believe!
June 19, 2015 – Forget-me-not – how could we!?
06/17/2015 – Alaskan Blue Berries are starting to ripen nicely.
06/17/2015 – A temperate garden set within Juneau’s mountainous terrain.
06/12/2015 – Most cloudy, but still spectacular!
06/12/2015 – Our settling ponds safeguard our streams and tour paths, and provide stunning reflections of the surrounding gardens.
06/09/2015 – Juneau’s best kept secret gardens!
06/07/2015 – What’s up, buttercup?
06/05/15 – Here at Glacier Gardens we just love to turn things upside down, like the umbrella ceiling hanging from our rafters.
06/01/2015 – Steve is always searching for the next spot to plant his flowers. What will he come up with next?
06/01/2015 – Sunny Day in the gardens.
05/27/2015 – A light drizzle on freshly emerging rhododendron blossoms.
05/25/2015 – An assortment of azaleas will add to the colorful mix during June and are on our list of “must smell” plants in the Gardens.
05/25/2015 – Spectacular arrangements only found in our rainforest gardens.
05/20/2015 – A quick look around the topsy-turvy playground garden that is Glacier Gardens!
05/12/2015 – The salmon-berry crop looks excellent with early spring sun feeding the berry production.
05/12/2015 – Beautiful bergenia!
May 5, 2015 – Steve is putting the finishing touches on the Flower Towers and continues to plant the gardens as we start our summer. Today is our first official day of 2015 so come out for a rainforest tour and enjoy this fantastic weather!
April 14, 2015 – The rainforest smells a bit more fragrant these days with the emergence of the Skunk Cabbage.
March 19, 2015 – Winter’s last sunset. Spring is on its way!
March 16, 2015 – The first eagle sighting of 2015.
January 28, 2015 – Snow falling on the flower towers. Winter isn’t done with us yet!
October 22, 2014 – Fall arrives and the gardens take shape in a entirely new light.
September 13, 2014 – Our resident deer fawn enjoyed munching on our landscapes through most of August and September.
August 27, 2014
August 24, 2014 – Exploring the features in the Reclamation Gardens. The stream reclamation took place between 1994-1998, when Glacier Gardens opened.
August 27, 2014 – No shortage of water flowing through our temperate rainforest gardens.
August 21, 2014 – The Visitor’s Center atrium is draped in beauty and provides a rainforest retreat for guests after their guided tour.
August 19, 2014 – This is ‘Steve’s Rock,’ the waterfall Mr. Bowhay was designing when he inadvertently created the Flower Towers in 1996. Hear the entire story on your Rainforest Adventure tour and view the tremendous work that has went into the stream Reclamation Gardens.
August 15, 2014 – The record Juneau rain hasn’t hampered our Flower Towers one bit!
August 12, 2014 – While exploring the Flower Towers you will notice the small white dots spread around the roots that overhang above. The shelf fungus called Bear’s Bread has a hard top layer and a soft white underside that is mostly protected from the elements. Although not edible, you will find the bread used in beautiful artworks with paintings and carvings decorating the white underside of the fungus.
August 11, 2014 – The Devils Club is a interesting species found in southeast AK. The “Alaskan Cactus,” also known as a hiker’s nightmare, has sharp thorns that once lodged under the skin will cause serious pain that linger for many days, and sometimes weeks. Despite its harsh exterior, the Devils Club is a member of the Ginseng family and has many medicinal purposes after rendering the inner bark to extract the rich vitamin C. This is just one of the unique rainforest plants you will learn about on your Glacier Gardens tour.
August 7th, 2014 – Our “Rare Bear Tree” enjoying the fading sun in the Gardens. Your pathway to beauty awaits!
August 7, 2014 – This garden bed is found on the final bend before returning to the Visitor’s Center atrium at the conclusion of your Rainforest Adventure tour.
July 31, 2014 – Blending our landscapes with the natural rainforest plants offers a unique style of garden design. Here the yellow ligularia is set alongside the Devils Club plant: observe how similar the leave structures are and notice the flower of the ligularia, it closely resembles the Devils Club’s cluster of berries it will produce at the top of their long branches (although these Clubs are not fruiting just yet).
July 31, 2014 – The Japanese Maples display a deep purple foliage framing the vibrant Flower Towers as the focal point of our botanical arena.
July 21, 2014 – Begonia Bliss!
July 15, 2014 – Peaking through the gardens. July 12, 2014 – The Flowering Maples add lasting color to the garden displays. These are a new variety of plant added to the designs this year. July 7, 2014 – “Steve’s Rock” cascades a beautiful waterfall behind the wonderfully fragrant florindae primroses. July 3, 2014 – The bilberries and salmon-berries are two of Juneau’s favorite edibles found in the rainforest. June 24, 2014 – The Creeping Charlie are stretching from the Flower Towers – the ivy-like plants can grow up to 15 feet long by the end of summer. June 19, 2014 – Making movie magic in the Gardens with the Alaska Channel. June 9, 2014 – Absolutely stunning! June 7, 2014 – We were honored to host the Juneau Symphony’s farewell dinner for conductor Kyle Wiley Picket in the Garden atrium. June 6, 2014 – We cannot remember a more spectacular rhododendron and azalea bloom. June 3, 2014 – An early arrival of the Rhododendrons means even longer enjoyment of our favorite time in the Gardens. Rhodys upon the thousands in an array of colorful blossoms are a stunning addition to the temperate gardens, something you truly have to see to believe! May 28, 2014 – Steve is never done planting the botanical gardens, but a person needs to just stop and smell the bidens every once-in-a-while. May 26, 2014 – Good morning gardens! May 23, 2014 – This black-tail deer was browsing ferns and elderberry bushes and avoided our fuchsias and begonias plants. Thanks, little buddy, for letting our flowers grow another day! May 18, 2014 – Your pathway to garden perfection! We’ve still only just begun to have fun! May 12, 2014 – The Flower Tower Shower stands apart during a misty and foggy morning in the forest. The forecasts is calling for fog early and clearing skies later in the day for the next week, the perfect Alaskan temperate rainforest garden weather. May 8, 2014 – The shade loving “Begonia Tower” has a unique shape and planting design that sets it apart from other the towers we have on display. May 2, 2014 – Flower Towers basking in the spring sun! The finished product once Steve has worked his magic. April 27, 2014 – Steve is putting some of the finishing touches on his Flower Tower gardens. Each one will take him between 2-4 hours and will hold up to 150 individual plants. April 10th – A short stroll through the greenhouse leads to a camera full of blossoms. We’re excited to start the outdoor planting in the coming weeks! April 2, 2014 – So many beautiful sunsets during a string of great weather in Juneau. Happy spring! March 21, 2014 – The Orchid Cactus is everyone’s favorite this time of year. Cindy grows this for her personal enjoyment because it doesn’t flower during any other time of the year. But we’ll share it with you here! March 7th, 2014 – Hanging basket production in full swing! These baskets will set the foundation for the botanical garden designs in May. February 25, 2014 – Do trees make a sound when they fall? Well we aren’t exactly sure, but they do make a big mess, and these 4 trees have fallen on the pathways of our rain forest adventure. We will recycle these fallen trees, turn them upside-down, and make some new Flower Towers in the spring. We can’t wait! February 04, 2014 – The next generation of botanical gardens are taking shape at the Glacier Gardens Nursery! Spring is on its way! January 25, 2014 – Sun rays stream through a low layer of fog shading most of Juneau. January 25, 2014 – The dense layer of low fog was caused by a temperature inversion where mountain-top temperatures are higher than sea-level temps and the cold air is trapped close to the ground. January 14, 2014 – A record rainy January day pushed our reclaimed stream to it’s spilling point, but we withstood the 1.86 inches without significant washout of the stream or our pathways. Forgive the blurry picture as the rain was coming down in sheets! December 15, 2013 – A 125 ft tall Spruce tree is decorated with Christmas lights at the Glacier Gardens Nursery. www.glaciergardensnursery.com December 7, 2013 – We suspect we found fox prints on the Glacier Gardens pathway. Foxes have short strides and small dog-like prints. These appear at the top of our pathways and follow the trails downhill before going back into the woods. It would have been a very lost dog, or extremely small wolf, if it is not the fox.
December 1, 2013 – Snow filtered sunrise on a cold and windy morning November 20, 2013 – Our Flower Towers become ‘Snow-Towers’ in the dormant gardens. November 11, 2013 – A sketch on a white board in our break room. All of us are missing summer and the Flower Towers. November 5, 2013 – ‘Over-wintered’ baskets in our Visitor’s Center. The plants go dormant during the off-season and re-emerge healthy and ready for the spring growing season. October 25, 2013 – A record warm October meant the trees kept their color much longer this season compared to the past. October 18, 2013 – Bright fall colors against the dark and dreary forest backdrop…spectacular displays this year. October 7, 2013 – Fall Flower Towers and columnar beech color. September 25, 2013 – Steve and Cindy enjoying the Gardens and greeting guests as the 2013 season comes to an end.September 12, 2013 – the harlequin dalhia looks stunning in the afternoon sun. Our gardens are an ‘instagram-ers’ paradise. September 4, 2013 – Close up view of the gardens decorating the Bowhay Stream cascading through the Glacier Gardens property. August 28, 2013 – “Steve’s Rock” (part of the story behind the Flower Tower creation) offers a perfect photo opportunity from your comfortable tour shuttle. August 22, 2013 – The entrance to the botanical gardens welcomes travelers from around the world! Schedule your Garden adventure today with your Alaskan cruise line, book online now, or call your favorite travel agent. August 14, 2013 – Elderberries are toxic if eaten raw, but can be rendered into jams, teas, and wine, after being strained of their poisonous seeds. August 5, 2013 – Picotee Pink Perfection – this begonia is your greeting to the gardens just outside our Visitor’s Center. August 1, 2013 – There are two flags flying from our viewing platform: a large 100 square foot flag hangs from the cliff and a small flag pole decorates the middle of our observation deck. July 26, 2013 – “A Flower Tower that showers, not to be confused with a tower that showers flowers.” – Zach Bowhay, a lead guide and all around good guy (and yes, Steve and Cindy’s son) July 18, 2013 – The JCVB Volunteers annual Volunteer Appreciation Potluck held in the Glacier Gardens atrium. July 9, 2013 – Exploring the multiple layers in our botanical garden arena. July 4th, 2013 – Our hanging baskets look a lot like small bunches of fireworks exploding from the rafters of our Visitor’s Center! Happy 4th everyone! June 20, 2013 – The installed waterfall gardens look stunning mixed in with the natural fern and berry bush foliage of the rainforest under-story. June 11, 2013 – The bedrock of our alpine rock garden shows glacial striations, scratches and gouges left by glaciers 1000s of years ago, and leads you to a breathtaking panoramic view of Juneau and the Mendenhall Valley. June 7, 2013 – We have hundreds of rhododendron bushes set to explode a fantastic array of colors throughout the month of June. You don’t want to miss it! May 30, 2013 – Our Visitor’s Center is overflowing with beauty! Just look at how big these pink petunias are!! May 23, 2013 – Salmon Berries are in bloom! These bright pink flowers are popping up throughout the rainforest and will turn into a lush edible berry in the next few weeks. Yummmm! May 16, 2013 – The Flower Towers welcome you to Juneau’s colorful botanical garden paradise. May 9, 2013 – Steve is putting the finishing touches on the Flower Towers. April 25, 2013 – Skunk Cabbage blossoms means spring in Juneau! April 15, 2013 – Our production of hanging baskets is going excellent! Once springs arrives we plant the Flower Towers and botanical gardens with full grown baskets of plants we’ve been growing since January. April 1, 2013 – The Orchid Cactus blooms in April. No joke! March 15, 2013 – Production is in full swing! February 14, 2013 – Happy Valentines Day February 13, 2013 – Production gets underway. Steve and Cindy keep a watchful eye on their crop of seedlings! – January 2013 12/04 – Merry Christmas! A hand-made table arrangement from our Nursery! 11/25/2012 – Snow dust on the Squirrel Hotel
11/14/2012 – A vibrant winter sunset 11/04/2012 – Fall colors on a snow white canvas 10/07/2012 – A frozen waterfall indicates winter is on its way!
9/20/2012 – A weeping Japanese Maple takes on fall color 08/31/2012 – A Flower Tower Shower! 08/23/2012 – Juneau’s colorful Rainforest Garden 08/12/2012 – Discovering the Gardens! 08/08/12 – The Alaska Power Association’s welcome reception. 07/24/2012 – Garden Adventures Await