Jewell Gardens is a privately owned company that includes the gardens, a glass blowing studio, a gift shop and a restaurant. It is just on the outskirts of town, on the Klondike Highway (the highway from Skagway to Whitehorse and beyond).
Sr. Dee and I browsed in the gift shop, where I bought two pairs of earrings, one for Phoebe and one for myself. After looking at all the beautiful blown glass artwork, we decided to go into the gardens, despite the $12.50 entrance fee (I'm a known cheapskate, and thought that if you've seen one garden, you've seen them all). I am so glad we decided to go in.
|I liked the glass fish in this stream bed!|
|There was an electric train that traveled throughout the garden, past a little town and mining camp. Note the "gold nuggets" on the back of the train!|
|These sculptures collect water and funnel it into the ground.|
I was amazed by the wide variety of flowers in the garden - the garden takes hours and hours of work, and in addition to the paid employees, the owners have a bunkhouse where they put up garden volunteers. The volunteers can stay for a week or for a whole summer!
|Columbine and daisies|
|A nice shed framed with Lady's Mantle and delphinium|
|A sink planter|
|Train tracks and flowers|
|A view of the garden with the forest beyond|
|Sweet little violas|
|And finally, a bench to rest on|
What a perfect end to our visit. Afterwards, Sr. Dee and I went straight to the ferry terminal to head home.
I will write more about the beginning of our trip, Sr. Dee, the train trip we took while in Skagway, and the great time we had together later in the week.