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Idaho Botanical Garden is now a propagation member of Plant Select

New Plant Select Garden Featured at Idaho Botanical Garden

The Idaho Botanical Garden is now a propagation member of Plant Select, the country’s leading brand of plants designed to thrive in high plains and Intermountain regions. IBG will now be able to propagate these special plants for sale and for use throughout the garden. For the past several years IBG has showcased some of these plants in our Plant Select® demonstration garden, and we are excited to deepen our ties to this outstanding program.

Plant Select® is a nonprofit collaboration of Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens, and professional horticulturists. Its mission is to seek out and distribute the very best plants for landscapes and gardens from the intermountain region to the high plains and beyond.


Plants chosen for the program exhibit these eight attributes:

  • Flourish with less water
  • Thrive in a broad range of conditions
  • Habitat-friendly
  • Tough and resilient in challenging climates
  • One of a kind/unique
  • Resist disease & insects
  • Long-lasting beauty
  • Non-invasive


Learn more about Plant Select®: http://plantselect.org/


Photo courtesy of American Nurseryman


Written by Nell Frazer Lindquist, Nursery & Greenhouse Coordinator


English Garden

The renovation of the English Garden began in the summer of 2015.  Renovation of this garden was prompted by the growth of the trees and the change in the amount of sunlight that is in the garden.  New plants and 6000 bulbs were installed in the English Garden in 2017.  A new metal pergola was also installed in the fall of 2017.  Make sure you stop by the English Garden as we celebrate the 20th birthday of this garden in 2018.



This spring, as we began construction for our new bathrooms, we removed the Labyrinth. Find a new one in the Foothills Grove near the Vegetable Garden and the Lewis and Clark Garden. A Labyrinth is a flat surface containing an intricately designed pathway. It has one path that moves back and forth or from side to side until you reach the center and then back out again to where you began. It is often used as a form of meditation. We were able to install a new Labyrinth thanks to donors Lisa and Norm Schlachter. Throughout the fall, the lower section of Foothills Grove was regraded and new stone retaining walls installed. The design has a gravel base, and pathways are defined by sandstone bricks. Our new Labyrinth is a work of art in the landscape. Make sure to visit early spring to see all of the wonderful updates to our Garden!


Koi Pond

In the summer of 2016, the Idaho Botanical Garden installed a new Koi pond thanks to a generous donation from the Richins family.  The Richins donated their beautiful collection of Koi fish to the garden along with the funds to build a new state of the art Koi pond.  IBG’s new Koi pond resides in the Meditation Garden.