Press Releases

Tue
18
2016

Idaho Botanical Garden Releases Statement on City of Boise’s Planned 2017 Concert Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            

Contact: Erin Anderson

October 17, 2016     (208) 275-8609

erin@idahobotanicalgarden.org

Idaho Botanical Garden Releases Statement on City of Boise’s Planned 2017 Concert Series

BOISE, ID – The Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG) today responded to the announcement that the City of Boise plans to host a summer concert series in a City park during the summer of 2017. IBG released the following statement:

For nine years, the Idaho Botanical Garden has provided quality musical entertainment to the Boise community through the Garden’s Outlaw Field Concert Series®. Through our experience, we have developed an understanding of the requirements and the best practices for producing a truly fantastic concert experience for our patrons. Along the way, we are proud to say that we have developed Outlaw Field into Boise’s best outdoor concert venue.

Recently, it has come to our attention that the City of Boise intends to produce a new concert series in a city park. The Garden opposes the City’s plan to use taxpayer dollars and our taxpayer-funded public parks for restricted-access, for-profit events that serve only to displace park users and limit access to some of Boise’s greatest treasures.

Holding a closed event in a public park for private gain is antithetical to the purpose public parks serve. Furthermore, it is specifically prohibited within Boise City Code. Title 5, Chapter 10 states, “City Code restricts the sale and advertisement of goods and services in city parks. The City of Boise chooses to maintain public parks as open space accessible to all residents and visitors (no admission charges are permitted).” Therefore, it is our interpretation that public parks should be open for access by the taxpayers who fund them, rather than used as sources of profit for private companies and for the City of Boise.

“While we understand that it may not be the intent of the City of Boise to negatively impact the financial stability of the Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG), it is not possible for a small nonprofit organization such as IBG to compete with the resources and the subsidization of a concert series hosted at a City park,” said Erin Anderson, Executive Director, Idaho Botanical Garden. “The Outlaw Field Concert Series is a large part of IBG’s funding. The City’s proposed entry into competition will put our organization’s sustainability at risk and take away vital funds to support our mission as well as the programs and services that we provide in our community.  Rather than engage in this competition, we urge the City of Boise to reconsider their intent to support concert series in a public park this summer.”

Proceeds from the Idaho Botanical Garden’s 2017 Outlaw Field Concert Series will support the efforts to restore Table Rock following the 2016 fire. The funds will be used to rebuild and regrow the fragile ecosystem that is a much loved and integral part of the Boise community. By strengthening our partnership with the City of Boise, we can continue to make what is already a great concert series even better and provide additional funding towards restoration efforts at Table Rock.

About the Idaho Botanical Garden: Founded in 1984 and located in Boise’s Old Penitentiary Historic District, the Idaho Botanical Garden seeks to enhance the human experience in the landscape, with a particular focus on plants native to or sustainable in the intermountain region of the Rocky Mountains. The Garden is dedicated to enhancing our community’s quality of life through fostering a love of nature and developing intellectual curiosity in people of all ages. The Garden provides enriching garden experiences through educational programs, botanical collections, a variety of entertainment, cultural, and community events. Each year, the Garden invites the community to a variety of events that highlight the Garden through music, art, and seasonal celebrations. The Garden, an independent, private, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, is located on 33 acres leased from the State of Idaho.

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Thu
8
2016

Idaho Botanical Garden Hires Erin Guerricabeitia as Executive Director

BOISE, ID – The Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG) today announced the hiring of Erin Guerricabeitia as the new IBG Executive Director. Guerricabeitia will be responsible for overseeing all of the Garden’s daily operations, member services, programming, events, and horticultural efforts. Guerricabeitia will also be charged with growing current and cultivating new sources of financial support for the Garden, acting as a liaison between Board and staff, and implementing the strategic and master plans for Garden programs and capital development.

Until now, Guerricabeitia has served as the Executive Director of the Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) and the Foothills Learning Center under the City of Boise. Guerricabeitia has over ten years of experience in nonprofit management, including fundraising and budgeting, staff development, and strategic planning. Guerricabeitia is also an active community volunteer and is currently the President of Junior League of Boise.

“I am so pleased to welcome Erin on behalf of the Idaho Botanical Garden staff, board, and volunteers,” said Sonya Lenzi, President of the IBG Board of Directors. “We are excited to have someone with such a strong background in education and fundraising come to lead us at the Garden. We can only imagine the amazing directions in which we will grow.”

“I am pleased and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the talented board, staff, and volunteers at this exceptional organization,” said incoming IBG Executive Director Erin Guerricabeitia. “The Idaho Botanical Garden has a rich history of providing outstanding garden experiences through botanical collections, educational programming, and a variety of cultural and community events. I look forward to helping the Garden grow.”

About the Idaho Botanical Garden: Founded in 1984 and located in Boise’s Old Penitentiary Historic District, the Idaho Botanical Garden seeks to enhance the human experience in the landscape, with a particular focus on plants native to or sustainable in the intermountain region of the Rocky Mountains. The Garden is dedicated to enhancing our community’s quality of life through fostering a love of nature and developing intellectual curiosity in people of all ages. The Garden provides enriching garden experiences through educational programs, botanical collections, a variety of entertainment, cultural, and community events. Each year, the Garden invites the community to a variety of events that highlight the Garden through music, art, and seasonal celebrations. The Garden, an independent, private, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, is located on 33 acres leased from the State of Idaho.

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Wed
7
2016

Idaho Botanical Garden to Host Celebration for New Entrance Garden on September 20th

BOISE, ID – The Idaho Botanical Garden will host a celebration for its new entrance garden on Tuesday, September 20th at 10:00 a.m. The new entrance garden was created by Franz Witte Landscaping with help from Cloverdale Nursery, Bark Blowers, Monrovia Growers, Silver Creek Irrigation Supply, Skagit Gardens, Jensen-Belts, and Jeff Hartmann Designs. The ceremony will be followed by an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during which admission to the Garden will be free. Coffee and muffins will also be provided.

Who:               Idaho Botanical Garden

What:             Celebration of the new entrance garden & open house

When:             Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MDT

Where:           Idaho Botanical Garden 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise

Media:            Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Direct questions to Jennifer Dunmire at jennifer@idahobotanicalgarden.org or (208) 275-8603.

About the Idaho Botanical Garden: Founded in 1984 and located in Boise’s Old Penitentiary Historic District, the Idaho Botanical Garden seeks to enhance the human experience in the landscape, with a particular focus on plants native to or sustainable in the intermountain region of the Rocky Mountains. The Garden is dedicated to enhancing our community’s quality of life through fostering a love of nature and developing intellectual curiosity in people of all ages. The Garden provides enriching garden experiences through educational programs, botanical collections, a variety of entertainment, cultural, and community events. Each year, the Garden invites the community to a variety of events that highlight the Garden through music, art, and seasonal celebrations. The Garden, an independent, private, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, is located on 33 acres leased from the State of Idaho.

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Fri
12
2016

2017 Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series RFP

The Idaho Botanical Garden is currently accepting proposals to promote and produce the 2017 Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series®. This will be the tenth consecutive season for the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series®. The Idaho Botanical Garden has been the site of over 85 concerts in the past nine years representing various musical genres.

This RFP will close 5PM MDT, Friday, September 9, 2016 and a decision will be made by Friday, September 30, 2016.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to solicit proposals from various concert promoters. Based on proposals received, IBG will conduct a fair and extensive evaluation based on the criteria listed herein, and select the candidate which best represents a partner for the Idaho Botanical Garden in 2017.

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Mon
17
2015

With Our Thanks…

Annual Nonprofit Excellence Nominees Announced

(BOISE) – Nearly 200 nominations from across Idaho have been received for the annual Nonprofit Excellence Award. The Idaho Botanical Garden is among them!

“We are so pleased with the fantastic response from the community and impressed with the many moving stories in the 2015 nominations.” said Janice Fulkerson, Executive Director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, which organized the awards. “We know that nonprofits make a difference in communities across Idaho every day and these awards recognize the contribution of the nonprofit sector.”
There were 197 completed nominations for 135 total organizations nominated across the state (some were nominated more than once). All nominated organizations will be recognized at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards Dinner in a presentation and on stage, September 15th, during the Idaho Nonprofit Center’s annual conference. Six (6) of the organizations will be honored with 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Award. Seating is limited and tickets are still available.
The Idaho Nonprofit Center represents the interests of the 5,500 charitable nonprofits in Idaho, the 52,000 nonprofit employees, and the 425,000 volunteers acting as a vehicle of information, a convener of leaders and allies, and a bridge between the nonprofit, public and private sectors.
Contact Janice Fulkerson at (208) 424-2229 or go to www.idahononprofits.org for further details about the Nonprofit Excellence Awards.



Wed
13
2013

Gardening expert Ciscoe Morris to visit Boise to benefit Idaho Botanical Garden

27th Annual Garden Tour boosts six private gardens

June 12, 2013 (Boise, ID) – The Idaho Botanical Garden welcomes northwest gardening expert Ciscoe Morris to Boise and to the 27th Annual Garden Tour. The Garden Tour is Sunday, June 23, 2013 and features six Boise private gardens in addition to the Bureau of Land Management/ College of Western Idaho Fire Wise Garden adjacent to the Idaho Botanical Garden.

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Tue
29
2013

Celebrate Fall with a Scarecrows Safari at the Idaho Botanical Garden

August 8, 2013 (Boise, Idaho) Enjoy the Idaho Botanical Garden as it transforms for the fall season. Celebrate cool evenings with a Scarecrow Safari throughout the garden with animal themed scarecrows peeking around corners for the sixth annual Scarecrow Stroll. New to the Continuing Education Program, the Vegetable Garden Tour, September 7, 2013, features different methods for growing vegetables in variety of settings such as an urban farm and private homes. And don’t forget to save the date for the annual Grow the Garden Party, Friday September 27, a playful fundraiser in the Garden featuring spectacular local food and cocktails, silent and live auctions and local music. Below are the September 2013 events:

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