Pratt Museum and Park
Botanical Garden, Homestead Garden and Forest Trails Tours
June 1 – September 2
Thursdays & Saturdays
11:00 am & 4:00 pm
Free & open to the public!
Join the Pratt Museum & Park Garden Crew for free, guided tours of our Botanical Gardens, Homestead Garden, and Forest Trails. We will offer an interpretive introduction to the broader ecology of the Kachemak Bay region and discuss the ways that we incorporate the plant communities of the region into the Botanical Garden at the Pratt Museum. Botany experts and novices alike can find delightful insights as we explore the interactions and dynamics of our local ecosystem.
The Homestead Garden is an ever-evolving exhibit featuring many classic fruits and vegetables and a few specific local varieties that have been treasured by the local community for generations. We will explore some of the basics of plant propagation, preservation and storage, and the benefits of perennial food crops. Snacking is encouraged! Throughout the season, something is always worth sampling out of the garden. A favorite delight is black currant season in the late autumn.
The Forest Trails showcase the ecological context in which the Pratt Museum and Park is embedded. These trails wind through one of the larger remaining wild spaces in downtown Homer, and have some of the largest remaining trees in the area. Wildlife is abundant and the plant communities are diverse. There are several loops of varying distance that wind throughout the museum’s nearly 10-acre forested campus.
You’re invited to meander throughout the museum’s gardens and 10-acre forested campus with a guide from our garden crew for opportunities to view wildlife, listening to songbirds, and discuss the ethnobotanical and historical uses of plants that live in the Kachemak Bay region.