Glacier Gardens is set within the grasps of the mighty Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is the largest temperate rainforest in the world with roughly 17 million acres of protected habitat that encompasses all of Southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago which makes up the Inside Passage. Elegantly landscaped display gardens offer a colorful contrast against the rugged and unforgiving Alaskan Rainforest backdrop, highlighting an extremely diverse botanical garden experience. Glacier Gardens maintains roughly 50 acres of land and leaves the natural rainforest gardens completely unaltered with Mother Nature as the landscape design architect.
The rainforest of Southeast Alaska is distinguished by its numerous canopy layers created by a mixture of old and new growth Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce trees, a dense lower level shrubbery growth, and the consistent presence of lichen, mosses, and ferns as ground cover in the forest. Your guide will escort you on a 2 mile long pathway through the rainforest and inform you about the numerous plant and animal species native to Southeast Alaska. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you cruise through the rainforest on-board accessible covered vehicles with frequent photo opportunities. Be amazed at the variety of the rainforest terrain and how the symbiotic ecosystem is designed to self-sustain the forest growth and evolution.
Glacier Gardens limits its eco-footprint by letting the natural progression of life remain intact throughout the rainforest landscape. Aside from the development of our pathways, the forest is left in its natural setting allowing visitors an up-close look at a northern temperate rainforest habitat. Blueberry, Huckleberry, False Azaleas, Devils Club, Elderberry, millions of ferns and mosses, and so much more border the pathways below the towering evergreen conifer forests above.
* In conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, we have obtained a lease to enter a portion of the Tongass National Forest.