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There are three endowed funds that support the Georgeson Botanical Garden and its programs. Your donation will support the long term stability and growth of the botanical garden. Click this donate link and you will be directed to a secure online site at the UA Foundation for credit card transactions. On this form, designate which fund you wish to support. You may also send a check payable to the Georgeson Botanical Garden at the address listed at the bottom of this page.

Please call us [(907)474-7222] if you are interested in creating your own endowment for the 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 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. (Photo of herb and flower garden looking west)

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 will be 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. (Photo of Grant M. installing drainage tiles near the Beistline outdoor classroom)
The Ohlsen Family Garden Endowment (est. 2006)
squashbeds 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. (Photo of squash trial plots, Ohlsen Family Food Garden.)
University of Alaska Fairbanks Georgeson Botanical Garden - P.O. Box 757200 -
Fairbanks, AK 99775 - (907)474-7222 -