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Jensen-Olson Arboretum to host national primrose show & conference May 4-6

April 12, 2018 – News

The City and Borough of Juneau’s Jensen-Olson Arboretum is hosting the 2018 American Primrose Society National Show and Conference May 4-6. The public is invited to join Primula enthusiasts from across North America for this big event. Online registration closes April 21.

The arboretum was nationally accredited with National Collections status in 2012 for the genus Primula by the Plant Collections Network. Long-time resident and Master Gardener Caroline Jensen, who gifted the arboretum to CBJ, dearly loved primroses and planted many of them. Arboretum Horticulturist and Manager, Merrill Jensen (no relation), expanded her collection into North America’s largest documented collection. The beds explode with colors in early spring through late summer. Some of the species seen at the arboretum are rarely grown anywhere else in North America.

The 2018 American Primrose Society National Show and Conference will feature a hands-on workshop on propagation, lectures, garden tours and an awards dinner. The keynote speaker is Calgary, Alberta resident and internationally-acclaimed Primula expert, Pam Eveleigh. She travels throughout Asia and Europe in her ongoing studies of primrose and their native habitats.

Online registration closes April 21. After that, only day-of registration at the event will be available. Register and get more information here.

For more information, contact Arboretum Manager Merrill Jensen at 789-0139 or Merrill.Jensen@juneau.org.