Researchers from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks study the growing season of the midnight sun of Alaska at these gardens. 300 perennials and 300 new annuals as well as a variety of vegetables and fruits are on display. Best times to visit are from mid-June to late August. $2 per person. Pay at the visitor center/gift shop.
These gardens amazed us with their beautiful flowers and wide varieties of vegetables. Due to the midnight sun, the cabbages were huge and the sunflowers high.
We wandered through the gardens with our 4 young kids (9-1) and our 8 nieces and nephews and we all enjoyed looking at the groupings of herbs for the bath, vegetables and raspberries, and the large flowers. We continued to the far side of the garden where the Babula Children's Garden was still under construction. The kids wandered through the hedge maze and had a hard time finding their way out, but since the hedges were only knee high, we could see them the whole time. The little ones played in the mini pioneer log cabin and then they all stuck their heads in the sluice box of flowing water to cool off. They climbed over the little bridges and we followed the wandering path back towards the parking lot.
Because the gardens are set on the hill of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the view south is beautiful. We could see many miles on a clear summer day and really enjoyed our visit.