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.
  • Botany 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.

 

Upcoming Education Programs…


Basics of Tea

Wed 21 Jan 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Black, Green, Oolong, Yellow, White and Pu ‘er teas all come from the same plant: Camellia sinensis. How can so many different products come from the same source? Like any agricultural product, teas reflect their origins. The elevation, soil, rainfall, climate and seasonal variations shape the basic flavor of the tea, as does the way the leaves are processed after the harvest. Other key elements are how long the tea is oxidized, what type of heat is used to dry the leaves, and how they are manipulated during the time from harvest to packaging. All of these factors cause natural chemical reactions that give each tea its own unique color and flavor profile. Come to this class to learn how teas are produced and taste how the different processes influence the taste. Class limited to 12 participants.

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Cutting Gardens

Sat 24 Jan 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Allen will discuss traditional cutting gardens and explore ideas and suggestions for integrating a full-season cutting garden into a contemporary landscape. The class will cover the use of annuals, perennials and shrubs. Attendees will identify their needs and wants for a cutting garden, and then establish realistic expectations for their own home. Leave this class with an individualized plan for selecting, planting and growing appropriate plants for decorative bouquets or flower show entry.

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Organic Vegetable Gardening

Sat 7 Feb 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Raising vegetables organically in a sustainable manner results in nutrient packed food and a healthier environment. Join Katrina to learn about soil preparation, watering techniques, weed and pest control, fertilization, companion planting, crop rotation and tips for growing specific vegetables.

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Coming to a Nursery Near You

Wed 11 Feb 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Crickett will provide a sneak preview of the perennials and shrubs that will be arriving soon on the gardening scene. She will discuss issues to think about before you invest in newly introduced plants, as well as introduce some under-used, proven plants that deserve a second look. Join this class for landscaping inspiration.

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Spring Gardening Chores

Tue 17 Feb 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Proper planning, and a few preventative measures, can make the rest of the gardening season much less troublesome, and oh, so much more enjoyable. Toby will help you organize your garden maintenance including improving soil conditions, pruning and dividing perennials; discuss weeds, pests and their controls; and share timely plant care tips and other spring gardening wisdom.

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From Dirt to Grapes to Wine

Wed 25 Feb 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Does what happens in the vineyard stay in the vineyard? What determines the final flavor of a wine? What is the influence of the winemaker versus the winegrower? The concept of terroir has been held up as a sacred ideal and dismissed as marketing hype. Decide for yourself in this discussion and comparative tasting. Includes cheese, bread and wine samples.

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Rethinking Idaho Landscapes

Sat 28 Feb 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Idaho Botanical Garden and the University of Idaho continue this popular and important community forum. Speakers provide attendees with examples, tools and information useful for gardening in Idaho.

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