Gardening

July is a great time to visit the Alaska Botanical Garden

Kathy Swick tends to a clump of Cutleaf Fleabane in the rock garden at the Alaska Botanical Garden Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Swick is a member of the Alaska Rock Garden Society, a group which maintains the rock garden area at the Alaska Botanical Garden. The rock garden contains alpine plants from around the world. “Once you fall in love with alpine plants, that’s it,” she said. “You’re sunk.” (Loren Holmes / ADN)
A blue poppy, Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’ blooms at the Alaska Botanical Garden Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The garden has a variety of blue poppies, many of which are in bloom this month. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Digiplexis Illumination Flame blooms at the Alaska Botanical Garden Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The flower is a cross between the common foxglove and the Canary Island foxglove. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Carol Morris weeds the herb garden at the Alaska Botanical Garden Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Morris is a member of the Herb Study Group, which tends to the herb garden at the Alaska Botanical Garden. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
A Red Charm peony at Lile’s Garden at the Alaska Botanical Garden Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The garden has over 50 varieties of peony, which will bloom throughout the summer. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
The forget-me-not, Alaska’s state flower, blooms Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Alaska Botanical Garden. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Native ferns and dwarf dogwood line a path in the Alaska Botanical Garden Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Wild geranium blooms Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Alaska Botanical Garden. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
A yellow daylily blooms at the Alaska Botanical Garden Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

July at the Alaska Botanical Garden offers a plethora of colorful flowers, from Himalayan blue poppies to any of the 50 varieties of peony cultivated at the Anchorage garden.

Naturally blue flowers are uncommon, according to Alaska Botanical Garden education specialist Pat Ryan. Visitors to the garden in July will get a chance to see a number of blue poppies, although the garden's nursery is sold out of the popular plant.

The garden, off of Campbell Airstrip Road in East Anchorage, is also well known for its collection of peonies, now numbering over 50 varieties. Many of the varieties are blooming now, and more will open up throughout July and early August.

In the next few weeks, visitors can expect to see monkshood, delphiniums, mock orange and comfrey blooming. The herb garden will also be an attraction for those interested in edible gardening.

By late August the alpine plants that fill the rock garden will begin to turn colors, offering a late-summer splash of color.

The Alaska Botanical Garden is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Summer admission rates are $12 for adults, with discounts available for seniors, military, students and children.