Alaska Botanical Garden, Inc.

aka The Alaska Botanical Garden   |   Anchorage, AK   |  www.alaskabg.org

Mission

The Alaska Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the beauty and value of Alaska’s gardens and natural areas through science, education, and recreation using organic and sustainable practices.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Alaska Botanical Garden continues to work hard to develop a world-class botanic garden for Alaska. A strategic plan and Master Plan guide the development of the gardens.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Michael Monterusso

Main address

4601 Campbell Airstrip Road

Anchorage, AK 99507 USA

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EIN

92-0115504

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

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Our programs

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ABG hosts horticultural and botanical educational programs, events, conferences, and workshops for adults and children. We train local volunteers in horticultural practices. We engage in and collaborate on research and conservation projects.

Population(s) Served

By growing an edible garden, youth in Alaska Botanical Garden's Summer Camp program will learn about gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind.

Population(s) Served

Each Spring, ABG hosts an informative, all-day series of lectures and workshops by garden experts, open to the public. Topics presented by Alaskan experts include: vermicomposting, landscaping with edible plants, gardening with native plants, vegetable and herb gardening, poisonous & medicinal plants in garden design, plant propagation, and much more! An inspiring keynote by a renowned guest speaker rounds out the Conference and the ABG Annual Meeting. Keynote speakers have included Lee Reich, Paul Stamets, Sally Cunningham, Toby Hemenway, and Eliot Coleman.

Population(s) Served

ABG hosts field trips to teach K-12 school children about plants, soil, and nature. These programs are designed to “get kids into the woods” to explore the natural world and spark an interest in the environment. The “Schools-in-the-Garden” curriculum was formulated by an avid gardener who taught for years in the Anchorage School District. “Storytime in the Garden” and “Discovery Duffels” (available for “check out” at the ABG Shop-in-the-Garden), are popular with families with young children.In recent years, the community demand for these environmental education programs is expected to continue increasing exponentially. ABG has hosted hundreds of children from Campfire, Southcentral Foundation’s “Raise Healthy Kids” program, Trailside Discovery, Alaska Children’s Services, Northstar Behavioral Treatment Center, McLaughlin Youth Center, charter schools, Denali Family Services, Anchorage School District, Montessori schools, and a variety of local day camps.  For older youth learning job skills, ABG partners with Nine Star Enterprises on workforce development training apprenticeships.

Population(s) Served

ABG hosts inspiring lectures and workshops year-round. Recent speakers include fungi expert Paul Stamets, author Tracy DiSabato-Aust, Horticulturist Dr. Alan Armitage, plantsman Dan Hinkley, renowned botanist Dr. Peter Raven, and author Lee Reich. Other examples include “mushroom walks” with local fungi experts and botanical illustration workshops.

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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Botanic Gardens and Arboreta 2012

Goals & Strategy

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-To educate and inspire the Alaskan public about gardening and the importance of environmental stewardship and plant preservation
-To provide an enjoyable visitation and recreational experience for the public - Alaskans and visitors alike
-To further the preservation and stewardship of high-latitude, circumpolar, boreal forest zone plant species
-To conduct horticultural and botanical research to further knowledge about gardening in the far north, and about high-latitude, circumpolar, boreal forest zone plant species

-Develop & conduct educational programs, from adult lectures, workshops, and Conferences, to children's day camps, field trips and events
-Conduct horticultural and botanical research trials and collaborate / participate in partners' research and preservation projects
-Develop & maintain hardy perennial and annual display gardens consistent with gardening, horticultural, and agricultural "best practices" for the Boreal forest zone

-effective, appropriate partnerships, both within the community and extending to the international community of botanic garden colleagues
-few, but well-trained professional staff with appropriate horticultural, education, administrative, and fundraising skills
-strong support from volunteers and community groups
-an active, engaged, and supportive Board of Directors
-appropriate plans and policies for governance
-effective, professional, systems for operations, programs, facilities, fundraising and administration

The Garden is making progress towards the development of infrastructure and gardens identified in the Master Plan; however many gardens and a Visitor-Education Center remain to be built, along with greenhouses and additional public amenities.

The Garden has been putting in place effective, professional systems in all areas of operations. We continue to work on building organizational capacity and implementing appropriate systems and staffing.

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Alaska Botanical Garden, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/20/2019
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Board chair

Elaine Junge

Jeff Lowenfels

Steve Hennig

U.S. Forest Service

Susan Brusehaber

Anchorage School District

William Schmid

Accounting & Forensic Services

Emily Wiswesser

Janelle Pfleiger

Cathy Sage