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May 23, 2011 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Alyeska Resort continues to broaden its summer offerings with its inaugural Alyeska Garden Weekend scheduled for June 4 and 5, 2011. Long-time Girdwood resident and resort employee, Master Gardener Robbie Frankevich will be offering presentations and guided garden tours at The Hotel Alyeska both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.
The weekend will include interactive presentations and walking tours at the resort. Robbie will be leading discussions ranging from why bulbs choose not to bloom in the spring to the fact that not all tulip bulbs are created equal. The presentations include topics such as poor soil, drainage and soil compaction, as well as working with different bulb types. For example, knowing that Darwin tulips may bloom for several years compared to Lilly flowered type tulip bulbs which often only last one season, and how these traits could influence bulb choice in garden planning.
The classroom presentations will include the following:
As the master-mind behind this weekend’s event, Robbie states, “Even master gardeners love to tour others’ gardens. It’s the best way to get ideas for your own garden. In every garden you learn something like finding more unique plantings such as the Erythronium 'Pagoda' or Erythronium dens-canis.” Robbie has been with Alyeska Resort since 1984 and first started gardening in Girdwood, in 1987 when he bought his first home. As a key member of Alyeska’s parking and grounds department, Robbie’s focus has been on gardening and landscaping of the hotel grounds. A year-round endeavor, Robbie keeps just as busy in the winter season when he spends his time researching new plant material as well as planning next year's flower beds.
According to Robbie when asked about a sharing secret gardening tip, “The easiest way to plant large bulbs is to use a battery powered drill with a bulb auger.” In 2003, Robbie completed the Master Gardener's certification and has since taught several community school classes sharing his extensive local knowledge with other gardeners. Robbie and his Alyeska garden beds were featured on the PBS program "Garden Smart" in 2008.
He was the featured Master Gardener in the October 2009 Alaska Master Gardener's newsletter and served as vice president of the Alaska Master Gardeners association in 2010. Joining Robbie for the weekend’s event is Julie Riley, a horticulture agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Anchorage. She teaches classes for home gardeners on flowers, vegetables and herbs and each year trains 50 new master gardeners who volunteer in their community. Early in her career, Julie was a professional flower gardener and perennials continue to be one of her primary horticultural interests. Her flower photographs have appeared in local, national and international gardening publications. She considers the grounds at Alyeska Resort to be a wonderful showcase for perennial flowers.
The weekend’s presentations and guided garden tours are complimentary. The classroom presentations will be held on the third floor of The Hotel Alyeska. The resort is offering a special Garden Weekend Lodging Package which includes one-night stay in a deluxe room and $25 resort credit which can be used at any resort outlet for dining, shopping, etc. The package starts from $159 per night based on double occupancy and is subject to availability, tax and fees. The package can be reserved on at www.AlyeskaResort.com, by calling Alyeska Resort Reservations at 800-880-3880 or 907-754-2111.
About Alyeska Resort (www.alyeskaresort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. Alyeska Resort stands out during ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort at www.alyeskaresort.com or 800.880.3880.