Friends of Jensen-Olson Arboretum is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the projects and programs of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum, Southeast Alaska’s outstanding public garden and national primrose collection.
Caroline Jensen donated the historical arboretum property at 23-mile Glacier Highway to the City and Borough of Juneau. The arboretum was opened to the public in 2007 and has evolved into a garden destination and a living laboratory featuring over 1200 native and cultivated species.
The arboretum embodies Caroline’s vision of a garden that inspires learning in horticulture, natural sciences, and landscaping while preserving its beauty for aesthetic enjoyment and maintaining the historical and cultural context. Caroline’s garden is protected by a conservation easement held by the Southeast Alaska Land Trust so that her garden will remain for future generations to enjoy its beauty.
Caring for Caroline's Garden
Friends of Jensen-Olson Arboretum supports the projects and programs of the Arboretum through fundraising, public outreach, education, and organizing volunteer service at the Arboretum.
Fundraising activities have included wine tastings, raffles, and sale of arboretum plants, baseball caps with the arboretum logo and commemorative bricks through our online store. Click to read more about our history.
The Arboretum Field Guide
Activities at the Garden
Whether you are seeking a peaceful retreat, a place to spend time with family, or inspiration for your own garden, the arboretum has something for everyone.
The Arboretum seeks to enhance visitors’ experience of the natural world and the garden’s cultural setting through its interpretive signage and programs. Family programs, such as Family Beach Day and Bug Day, focus on youth exploration. The planting and harvesting of Tlingit potatoes by Tlingit immersion students provide a tangible connection to indigenous culture. Adult programs, such as painting and plant division workshops are also offered. In addition, video productions introduce the arboretum and its history, as well as horticultural techniques.
In the picture: Group exploring the beach during Seaweek