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 Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, and donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Code. We accept donations through the PayPal Giving Fund, linked below, which does not charge us any fees – so the donation goes completely to the Friends. Donations may also be made by check made out to the Georgeson Botanical Garden Friends and mailed to PO Box 81777, Fairbanks, AK 99708.

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New: We are now offering the chance to be an “Evergreen Supporter” and contribute a small amount on a monthly basis, making fundraising more dependable. If you would like to contribute monthly, please click on the button below to sign up through DonorBox.


Becoming a supporter is a great way to show your love for the garden and build a lasting connection. Supporters receive special benefits like invitations to our annual Inner Circle Potluck, and are a vital part of our garden community. To become a supporter, click the “Donate now” button above.

Please note that the Friends have adopted Gift Acceptance and Donor Recognition policies, which may be viewed at your leisure. Donations to UAF are accepted and recognized according to the University of Alaska Foundation’s standards.

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 contact us.

Inquire about a dedication

Give to a Garden Endowment

Endowments allow your gift to grow over time and ensures lasting funds to support the Garden.  The GBG has several endowments that support different programs and operations in the Garden.   Choose from below how to direct your gift.


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 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 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.

Give to one of the above endowments