An introduction to Glassblowing
Duration of Tour:
1.5 Hours (stay in the garden as long as you desire)
Tour Group Number:
8 people maximum per tour. For larger group requests, please contact us directly. We will always try our best to accommodate custom requests. Singles are welcome and encouraged to book, however we need to reach a minimum or 2 people to run this tour. If our minimums are not reached the day of the tour, we may have to cancel and issue a full refund.
For Independent Visitors:
This is our best-selling tour. Please reserve your tour as soon as possible to assure your time slot. High season tours – June 10th to August 20th tend to fill quickly.
For Cruise Passengers:
Please check with your Shore Excursion Office to see what tours are offered that include Jewell Gardens and Garden City Glassworks. Tours sold via the Shore Excursion Desk will provide fully guided tours through Skagway enroute to Jewell Gardens and transportation back to your ship, as well as other amenities. We do not offer the same tours online.
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Hand Blown Glass Ornament
During this “hot shop” adventure each guest will participate in the production of a beautiful blown glass ornament. Each original piece is unique, you choose the design and color of your glass creation.
Self-Guided Garden Tour
The price of the tour covers the entry fee into Jewell Gardens, one of the loveliest gardens in all of Alaska. The garden’s setting against the backdrop of dramatic mountains and Harding Glacier is the pride of Alaska’s Garden City. Don’t forget your camera. Each participant will receive a map of the garden so you will be able to tour the gardens at your own pace, you are welcome to stay until closing.
Poppies Garden Restaurant
Food & beverages are available to purchase. Poppies, open daily, is a local favorite, produce from our USDA certified organic garden are featured on our menu. Try our delicious lunch special, tea service or small plates. Poppies Garden Restaurant also offers a selection of Beer & Wines.
Shop our Glass Gallery & Gift Shop
The Glass Guide will take you into the Gift Gallery for a short tour of our hand blown work. We are the only producing blown glass studio in Alaska. We have 5 full time Glass Artists that have created many stunning pieces for you to admire & take home, or have shipped home for you.
Please Arrive Early
Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointed tour time. We keep a tight schedule and you will need to fill out paperwork before the tour. Your Glassblower Guide will greet you in the gift shop and give you a private orientation to the spectacular northern organic gardens. Each person will have individual time with the glassblower to create their unique work of art. Afterward you will have time to wander the garden at your own pace. Shop our Glass Gallery, or take advantage of Poppies Garden Restaurant.
Shipping Your Glass Ornament
Molten hot glass has to be cooled slowly (annealed) up to 12 hours to prevent breakage, therefore each participant’s ornament will be shipped at no extra charge to the mailing address you provide when you arrive, we ship worldwide. Your art glass will be insured and will arrive at the destination you choose, the ultimate memento of your trip, a handmade ornament to hang in a window, on your Christmas tree, sit on a table or float in your garden pond.
Allow 2 hours at the Gardens. You may want to stay longer to enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying our amazing garden view.
Because the time spent and material costs for guests to blow their own glass ornament is the same for both children and adults, we cannot offer a discount for kids who want to blow their own ornament. There is no charge for children under the age of 12 that just want to come along and watch and not blow an ornament.
Full refund less processing fees will be issued up to one week before scheduled tour.