Alaska Botanical Garden to open new 'state of the art' greenhouse on Earth Day

Published: Apr. 19, 2017 at 8:08 PM AKDT
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The flowers may not be in bloom yet, but that's not stopping the Alaska Botanical Garden from celebrating new growth.

One year after breaking ground, the garden is preparing to open their brand new greenhouse. According to their website, it's a 1,200 square foot facility, featuring a full wall window “angled to maximize sunlight” as well as a ground source heat pump to pull natural energy from the property to regulate the facility’s temperature.

Executive director Robin Dublin said the new greenhouse was made possible by tens of thousands in donations from the Rasmuson Foundation, the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, the Atwood Foundation, a number of local gardeners and a $50,000 anonymous donation.

Dublin said, the new greenhouse will allow the botanical gardens to grow more plants on the premises during the colder months for their annual plant sale. She said, a good portion of the plants for sale are currently shipped up from the Lower 48.

The additional indoor area will also serve as a space for community workshops.

“Instead of doing lecture based conference, we can do workshops where people come and they talk about different growing concepts, and they're able to actually get their hands dirty in hands on workshops in our space,” said Dublin.

The grand opening ceremony will be held at the Alaska Botanical Gardens on Earth Day this Saturday.