Lenore Hedla made her name as the “grandmother of Anchorage gardeners” and worked for more than 40 years on her extensive South Anchorage gardens. She also was the doyenne of Alaska gardening writers, educating thousands of gardeners through her Anchorage Times newspaper column and especially the four editions of her oft-quoted and even more often consulted “Alaska Gardener’s Handbook.”
Now, little more than a year after her death at 91, Lenore Hedla has created one of her most important legacies. The master gardener recently gave the University of Alaska Anchorage a bequest of $1 million. The gift will support accounting professors, faculty and students in College of Business and Public Policy.