Education

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a living museum dedicated to furthering science education within the scenic setting of its outdoor classroom and into the community. Enrich your life with a variety of continuing education classes year-round for adults and unique educational opportunities for children including field trip tours, botany camp, and pre-school programs.

  • Garden on the Road— When the plants are dormant in January & February, the Garden goes on the road to visit area daycare centers and pre-schools.
  • Nature Detectives— In June, pre-schools and daycare centers bring children to the Garden for hour-long science programs.
  • Youth Group Tours — These tours are designed to supplement school science curricula.  Custom tours are available too.  These tours run Mid-April through October.
  • Saturday Camp — Children aged 5-9 years meet for three hour-long, lively science lessons once a month May through September.
  • Nature Camp — Children ages 4-9 are invited to participate in the games, crafts and nature walks of this morning science program offered in July and August.
  • Adult Education — Over 40 classes for adults are held annually, on a wide variety of topics including plant care, yoga, composting, low water-use gardening, carnivorous plants and creating cement leaves.

Help grow the Garden’s Education Programs by making a donation. Your support will help cover the cost of supplies, lesson planning, and Garden Teachers.

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Upcoming Education Programs…


Bug Day

Sat 19 Aug 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn about the exciting world of bugs in an adventurous environment! Earn a “Certificate in Bugology,” purchase edible insects, play bug bingo, participate in Insect Olympics, catch live bugs, and meet the experts. Bug Day is an entomological extravaganza, fun for the entire family.

Co-Presented by: The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

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Fall Features

Wed 6 Sep 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Experienced gardeners strive to have color and interest in their landscapes year round. Join Horticulture Director Michele Lesica on a tour of the Idaho Botanical Gardens as she points out the ideal plants for making your fall garden striking.

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Fairy/Dinosaur Gardens Adult/Child Workshop

Sat 9 Sep 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fee includes soil, plants, and some decorative materials. Bring your own 12” diameter container; no more than five inches deep is best to cut down on soil weight. Make sure it has drainage holes.

The session is limited to 10 pairs.

Adult/child pairs will work together to create one fairy-sized outdoor container garden sure to entice any pixies (or miniature dinosaurs) wandering through your neighborhood. Debbie will help you plant a container with fairy-scale plants and construct small furniture to set the scene. Set it outside to attract magical and/or prehistoric creatures.

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Concrete Leaf Workshop

Mon 11 Sep 6:00 pm

Class is full – waiting list started.

Create a garden ornament using concrete and a large leaf. Cover your leaf with wet mortar mix and return to the Garden a week later to finish your unique garden treasure. All materials will be provided to make your own concrete leaf to use as a small birdbath or garden decoration.

Two Parts. Part II is on 9/18 at 6 p.m.

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Fall Features

Mon 11 Sep 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Experienced gardeners strive to have color and interest in their landscapes year round. Join Horticulture Director Michele Lesica on a tour of the Idaho Botanical Gardens as she points out the ideal plants for making your fall garden striking.

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Power Up Your Veggie Garden Growth

Tue 12 Sep 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fall is a fantastic time to focus on fertilization in the home vegetable garden. Learn the basics of plant nutrition, and how to prepare garden beds for a healthy growing season next year. This class will cover fertilizer use, compost amendments, fall cover crop installation, soil health, and the seasonal flux of vegetable nutrient needs.

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Découpage Flower Pot Adult/Child Workshop

Sat 23 Sep 10:00 am

Have flowers year-round whether or not any plants are growing in your decorated pot!

Adult/child pairs work together to adorn a terra cotta container with dried flowers to attractively display any plant they may choose to grow. Invite a young one to create a keepsake that will last for years. Plant it at home, or display this art piece as is.

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Faux Stone Trough Workshop

Tue 26 Sep 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Alpine troughs are the perfect low-maintenance container garden. These designs look like small-scale landscapes because they can be filled with alpine plants, which are miniature versions of popular perennials, or with easy-care succulents, which are also drought-tolerant. Ann will show you how to create your own faux stone trough using a styrofoam container (believe it or not!) destined for the landfill. You will make your trough on the first night of class (drill holes, apply paint and texturing material), when we will also discuss the history of alpine trough gardening. On the second night, you will plant your trough with a nice variety of easy care plants.

Part II – Thursday, September 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

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Tomato Tasting 101

Wed 27 Sep 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Did you know that tasting a tomato can have all the complexity of tasting a good wine? In this beginner tomato judging class, learn how to evaluate a tomato’s acidity, flavor, size, color, and texture. This class will cover introductory fruit science, flavor chemistry, and the rich history of this versatile fruit.

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Paper Making Workshop

Sat 14 Oct 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The class will focus on the making of paper from different plants. All plants have cellulose, even invasive weeds and so all plants have the potential for becoming paper. Tom will furnish all the supplies and fibers for the class. The class will consist of an orientation to the different artistic items that can be made with paper, the different tools for making paper, and handouts about paper and paper making with different fibers and inclusions. Since paper making is a wet process it is important to wear clothing that can get wet. For those who wish to continue making paper beyond this class, moulds and deckles will be for sale. Fiber may be ordered as well and will be delivered to Boise at a later date.

The workshop will be limited to 12 participants.

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MID-CENTURY MODERN LANDSCAPE SERIES 4 Part Series

Wed 18 Oct 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In Partnership with Mid-Century Homes by Moniker

Cost: IBG Member: $40, Non-Member: $45

Location: Classroom

Prize Package – Attend all 4 classes and you could be chosen as the winner of a Mid-Century Modern Prize Package – includes your choice of a Modern Mailbox!

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Part I – Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.

Introduction to Mid-Century Modern Design and the Landscapes That Make Them Shine

Whether you have a mid-century home or would like to create a landscape with a modern design aesthetic, this class will help you understand the Era, how it got started, and philosophies for creating a mid-century modern landscape that is an extension of your home and reflects these principals.

Instructor: Jessica Lugue, Stussi Luque Design and Mid-Century Homes; Melanie Folwell, Idaho Modern; Stack Rock Landscape Architecture

 

Part II – Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.

Planning and Implementing Mid-Century Modern Landscapes

This class builds upon the principles discussed in our first class and how to apply these concepts in your own yard/garden. Learn how the home, lot, and other natural elements shape design. Form a concept using appropriate shapes, patterns, and size that creates a unified indoor outdoor mid-century living experience.

Instructor: Stack Rock Landscape Architecture

 

Part III – Wednesday, January 24, 6:30 p.m.

How to Renovate Your Mid-Century Landscaping

This session will outline the steps to take to update your landscape based upon an analysis of your site. Topics will include planning changes, installing hardscape, amending soil and improving the irrigation system.

Instructor: Michele Lesica, IBG Horticulture Director

 

Part IV – Wednesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.

Planting and Caring for your Mid-Century Yard

After you have made improvements to the grounds around your home, and have a plan in place, it is time to plant! During this class you will be introduced to plants appropriate for this region, which may be used to create an exemplary Mid-Century look, and tips to keep your yard healthy year-round.

Instructor: Michele Lesica, IBG Horticulture Director

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Julia Davis Park Tree Tour

Sat 21 Oct 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Explore historic Julia Davis Park along the Tree Walk to look for fall color, and to see and hear about its majestic trees. Your experienced guide has been in the arboriculture business since 1978 with about 30 years with Boise Community Forestry as an Arborist, Tree Inspector and currently as Crew Chief.

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Julia Davis Park Tree Tour

Sat 21 Oct 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Explore historic Julia Davis Park along the Tree Walk to look for fall color, and to see and hear about its majestic trees. Your experienced guide has been in the arboriculture business since 1978 with about 30 years with Boise Community Forestry as an Arborist, Tree Inspector and currently as Crew Chief.

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Evergreen Wreath Workshop

Sat 4 Nov 9:00 am

Class is sold out – waiting list started.

Rebecca will help you create your own holiday wreath using a variety of evergreens. Embellish your creation with ribbon and ornaments. You’ll learn how to keep it looking fresh through the whole holiday season. Class size is limited to 15 participants

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