Anchorage plants approximately 80,000 flowers in 460 city beds including dinner-plate sized dahlias, fuchsias, begonias and more. Baskets of flowers, often in the blue and gold of the state flag, hang from lampposts all over town. Town Square Park and the beds at the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center are a few favorites.

Find out what grows under the midnight sun in rich, glacial soil. The Alaska Botanical Garden has winding trails for a peaceful exploration of Alaska wildflowers, herbs and berries as well as exotic alpine plants from around the world. A half mile loop hints at the treasures of the more than 100 acre garden.

The aptly named Mystery Garden is planted with a different design every year, and the subject is top secret until spring blooms reveal the new image. Check out the garden driving south from downtown Anchorage on Minnesota Drive, just after 15th Avenue.

Operated by the Municipality of Anchorage, the Mann Leiser Memorial Garden features more than 500 plant species, an annual plant test garden and a tropical display. Open daily, except for holidays; admission is free.

The Delaney Park strip, between Ninth and Tenth avenues from A to P streets, features 150 fragrant tea rose bushes in Centennial Rose Garden and another 4,000 dazzling annuals scattered throughout the park.