Help our garden grow!
The public educational and outreach programs at the GBG are funded by your donations and public grants. The garden would not exist without help from all of our supporters and volunteers. The public benches, artwork, landscape designs, specialty gardens, interpretive signs, some student internships, and more are funded by you!
The Georgeson Botanical Garden Society is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, and donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Code.
Becoming a member is a great way to show your support for the garden and build a lasting connection. Members receive special benefits like invitations to our annual Membership Potluck, and are a vital part of our garden community. To purchase an annual membership and join the Society, please select one of the options below:
Dedicate a Garden feature
The Georgeson Botanical Garden proudly offers dedications as a way to give special remembrance to important people or institutions. Dedicating a Garden feature is a wonderful way to remember a passed family member, honor a colleague, or even just demonstrate your own contribution to the Garden. If you are interested in pursuing this option, please take a look at our options below and contact us.
|Minimum Donation Level||Dedication|
|$250||A commemorative sign will be placed in the Garden and maintained for five (5) years.|
|$500||A brick will be engraved and placed in the Garden to be maintained for at least five (5) years.|
|$1,000||An existing tree or shrub will be dedicated for ten (10) years. You will be able to choose from the non-dedicated plants in the Garden.|
|$2,500||A new tree or shrub will be planted and dedicated for ten (10) years. Our Garden Manager will present you with several species options to choose from.|
|$5,000||A flower bed will be dedicated for at least five (5) years.|
|$10,000||A statue of the donor’s selection or a commemorative bench will be installed in the Garden, to be maintained for at least ten (10) years. Installation is subject to approval by the Projects Committee.|
|$25,000 or more, depending on selected project||A structure such as a small pavilion or specialty garden will be chosen from the Priorities Plan by the donor and Projects Committee, built, and dedicated.|
Give to a specific program
There are many ways to direct your gift to the botanical garden:
GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND (EST. 1996)
The general endowment fund is a savings account for the botanical garden for long term stability and growth. It is managed by the UA Foundation (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) and its Board of Trustees. Investment strategies and fund availability are described on their web site.
We have not tapped into fund earnings since our fund was established. Our goal is to use the earnings to support student internships, although with recent UAF budget cuts, we may have to redirect those funds to pay staff salaries.
THE DOROTHY BEISTLINE ENDOWMENT FUND (EST. 1998)
The Dorothy Beistline Endowment was established by Ms. Kathy Nussbaumer and the Beistline Family to honor Kathy's mother, pioneer Alaskan and florist, Dorothy Hering Beistline (d. 1996). For many years, Dorothy owned and operated the Daisy A Day Flowers in Fairbanks and was an active member of the Fairbanks Garden Club. The garden in her memory is all about cut flowers. Anything that can be grown as a cut flower in Fairbanks is planted there. It is surrounded by a fence made of a new composite material but the design is definitely Gold Rush Era. The original may be seen in early Alaska photos of the Dunham house, downtown Fairbanks. A couple of giant dredge buckets are located in the garden to commemorate the long mining history of the Beistline family. There will also be a demonstration of gravity-feed irrigation system and lots of raised beds.
THE OHLSEN FAMILY GARDEN ENDOWMENT (EST. 2006)
The endowment for the Ohlsen Family Garden honors long time Fairbanksans, Floyd and Jeanne Ohlsen and was established by their daughters, Roxann Valentine, Heidi Olson and Lori Gorsline. It supports the sustainable food garden. Jeanne was an active supporter of local garden clubs, and the family always had a big home garden. Our garden has a large patio with experiments in container gardening, research and demonstration plots for all kinds of vegetables, and the most popular attraction in the garden-- accessible raised bed gardens. Look closely and you will always see some carrots, a few pansies and a bit of diamond willow in the garden, memories from the Olson family scrapbook.
To donate to any of the above programs, click on the button below to be redirected to a donation page managed by the UA Foundation. Specify on the form that you wish to donate to the Georgeson Botanical Garden, and include the memorial or project name, if any in the comments box. Then email or call to share your good news with us. Please note that if you choose to donate via this option, you should name the UA Foundation on your tax forms.