Flowers in Alaska

Grow Flowers and Even Roses!

by Kendall Gardner
(Wasilla, Alaska)

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Wondering if you can grow flowers in Alaska? This fellow gardener grows not only beautiful flowers, but plenty of Roses as well! And not only hardy roses;but Hybrid Tea roses! Here's what Kendall has to say about it.......

Can you Grow Flowers in Alaska?

Our flower garden is our rear deck. It is 56 ft long. We live in Alaska.
My wife grows dahlias, peonies, and Himalayan Blue Poppies.
Our growing season is considerably shorter than the lower 48 season.

The roses are stored in a room where the temp during the winter months stays about 40 degrees.

If our spring and summer is cool and wet, my garden is a miss!

All of my roses are Tea Roses. They are all in planter buckets that average 4 gallons. In a good year I will have about 19 different roses. Not just Chrysler Imperials but many of the tea roses.

We are native Texans that have been living in in Alaska since 1999. We are retired. I was raised on a farm in central Texas and my gardening experiences are varied including food crops as well as flowers.

We have had some beautiful spring and summers and people come to our home just to see the flowers and all of their color.

Carols Comments: Thanks Wendall, your garden sounds lovely! If I lived anywhere even close, I'd come to see those flowers of Alaska for sure!
It would be great if you could send us a picture (or two) that I could include so we could get a peek at your beautiful garden. (Especially any roses that you grow).

Growing them in buckets is a great idea! I agree.....I would be willing to go the extra mile to grow my roses!!!
I'm sure other gardeners from Alaska would like to see at least pictures from your garden, to get an idea of what flowers of Alaska they could grow!
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your garden with us!

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