Our Town: Blooming Botanicals

A bee collects pollen from a Clear Springs Pink Rose in the Georgeson Botanical Garden at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm on West Tanana Drive of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus Wednesday morning June 21, 2017. The garden, part of the School of Natural Resources and the Cooperative Extension Service at UAF, is celebrating the birthday of its namesake, Charles Georgeson, today (Sunday) from 11a.m. to 4 p.m., a free event with live music, kids events, crafts, tours and demonstrations. Georgeson would have been 166 years old on Monday. Georgeson was a U.S. agriculture agent in 1898 when he came to Alaska to study the Far North’s horticultural potential. He established seven agricultural experimental stations in Alaska, located in Sitka, Kenai, Rampart, Copper Center, Kodiak, Matanuska and Fairbanks. Fairbanks and Matanuska are the only remaining experimental farms. The Fairbanks experiment station was established in 1906, and in 1931…