Friends of Jensen-Olson Arboretum

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FJOA Projects

The arboretum has benefitted from community support since the beginning. In 2012, the Juneau Garden Club and Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club fenced the newly rehabilitated historic vegetable garden. That same year, the Friends of Jensen-Olson Arboretum was created to raise money and organize efforts to enhance the arboretum. Since the purchase of the lawnmower way back then, the projects and programs have improved the visitor experience throughout the garden in a variety of ways.


We plan to add additional art in the form of a memorial tree and a Formline design bench (thank you Abel Ryan and Juneau students) and to add plant signage on the Pt. Caroline trail. We also worked with an Alaskan contractor to create a new website.


Celebrated the arboretum’s 15th anniversary with Art in the Garden, a summer outdoor art exhibit. Three pieces will be displayed permanently.

Art in th Garden
Potting Shed Construction

In addition, a cover was added to the garage to provide a cover for the potting area.

Potting Shed Covered Area
Volunteers at work for the Weed Warrior Project

Established the FJOA Perennial Endowment Fund at the Juneau Community Foundation with an initial $25,000 contribution. 

Initiated the Weed Warrior program to support operations in the garden.  Published the first arboretum field guide.


Purchased more plant labels, and published the first map of the garden.

Lovely Loo plaque
Raised funds for improved toilet facilities which were given a high priority in a survey of arboretum visitors. The Lovely Loo was built locally and opened in 2021 with support from Rasmuson Foundation, Juneau Community Foundation, and Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners.
Lovely Loo

Purchased entry panel materials for a new entrance to the garden which included:

  • The construction of a new parking lot (thank you CBJ),
  • A new access trail (thank you Trail Mix), and
  • A beautiful entry arch (thank you Bill Ehlers).
Alaskan cedar arbor at the entry to the arboretum grounds
Alaskan cedar arbor at the entry to the arboretum grounds
Created the Word Garden and celebrated the arboretum’s 10th anniversary with a ribbon cutting. Began volunteering as docents to welcome visitors to the garden.
Introduced the first children education events. Chilkats View Shelter was constructed with the help of Juneau Community Foundation, Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club, Juneau Garden Club, and the CBJ Landscape Crew.
Chilkat Shelter
Purchased botanical software to house the plant database.
Purchased plant labels to enhance the educational experience for visitors. 
Purchased lawnmower that is still in use, now doing double duty as a snow blower.
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