Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association

Saturday Aug 4: MEMBER-ONLY Tour, Government Hill Commons

August 2, 2018

Please note morning start time of 10am.

The Government Hill Commons features the northern most community orchard in North America.  It is being developed as a public pedestrian orchard and currently contains numerous varieties of cold climate apple, pear, and cherry trees from South Central Alaska and Fairbanks plus apricot and peach trees.  In addition to a formal stagger-grid orchard, trees have been planted in raised bed tall spindles and in a Belgian Fence design.  The Commons also features public art, open spaces, a Quonset Hut cider house and workshop, and eventually raised beds and a children’s garden.  This project is in its first year of planting, but significant work has been completed and the shape and vision of the orchard is emerging.

Directions:

Take the A-C Street Bridge from downtown heading over the railroad yard towards the base.  At the streetlight at the top of the hill there will be a Subway sandwich shop on the left, a Tesoro mini mart on the right, and straight ahead below the ATT telecom tower will be the Commons.  Address is the intersection of Loop Road and Erickson Street.  The Commons is completely fenced, but there are three slip-thru entrance gates on the south, west and north sides.  Park along Erickson Street and to the north in front of the ATT complex.

A brief reminder about etiquette:  No pets, no unsupervised children, or non-members on tours (unless they are paying for the annual membership fee of $16 and bring their filled-in application form found on our website). Please wear appropriate footwear as the grounds may be uneven and, if wet, may be slippery. Of course no cuttings or other disturbances of our hosts’ property as we would like to be invited back again. (Note: Please respect our hosts by sticking to the schedule and not causing inconvenience to them by arriving early or at a time other than with the club.)