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Early Skagway promoters planted big, showy gardens to impress the tourists and named the town "Garden City of Alaska." Jim and Charlotte Jewell revived this tradition using grounds originally planted by gold-rush stampeder Henry Clark, and maintain some of his original 1898 plantings, including fruit trees and a 4-foot-tall rhubarb. Besides the organic show garden, with a boardwalk and model train, the Jewells also produce food here and offer visitors lessons on composting and growing in cold conditions. Artists demonstrate their work in a glass-blowing studio, and their whimsical creations decorate the gardens. Stop in the conservatory for English tea or a meal. The restaurant, called Poppies at Jewell Gardens, serves some of the best lunches in town, including smoked salmon quiche, homemade soups, and the garden's produce. A full lunch is $12. The garden is at the far end of the town from the waterfront; take the SMART bus. Cruise ship tours are heaviest Tuesday through Thursday.