The garden is a pleasant place to walk and learn about native flora and some of the garden flowers, fruit, vegetables, and herbs that grow in this region. The plantings are in a few small clearings connected by paths on thickly wooded grounds at the edge of a large wild-land park. Gardeners will be interested in the three perennial gardens, the small rock garden, and formal herb garden. The placards on the wildflower trail will help you identify plants you see on Alaskan hikes. The Lowenfels Family Nature Trail is a 1-mile loop with a guide brochure that is pitched at an unusually thoughtful level. Along the walk is a chance to see salmon in Campbell Creek. Those without strong interest in gardening or native plants may find other attractions more deserving of limited time, however, especially considering the drive from downtown, which is 20 minutes without traffic, and possibly twice that at rush hour. The garden is open during daylight hours year-round, but the gardens are worth viewing late May to mid-September (the gift shop is open June-Aug 11am-4pm).