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