A mile past the Shrine of St. Therese is the Jensen-Olsen Arboretum, which is a great place for a picnic. Take in the views of quiet primrose against a backdrop of majestic sea and mountains. Then, walk down to the waterline, crawling with a million tiny shelled snails, which is either fascinating or creepy depending on your perspective.

History of the Arboretum

Written in her will, Caroline Jensen-Olson left her house, and all its flowers, to the city. Her garden highlights a number of native and cultivated plants, especially primrose, Caroline's passion.

In 1902, the Peterson family homesteaded the property and developed the land. The vegetable garden provided produce to local Juneau grocers in the early 1900s and continues to help out local food banks today.

Getting There

23035 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
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