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.
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Upcoming Education Programs…

Grocery Store Botany

Tue 9 Feb 6:30 pm

Grocery store produce is a wonderful way to enter the wacky world of
botany. This class will introduce you to fascinating facts with which
to delight children and impress your friends. For example, figs will
not grow into fruit unless a female wasp enters to lay her eggs and is
trapped inside. Have you ever wondered if there are dead wasp bits
or eggs in your fig bars? Did you know that cashews and walnuts are
not nuts? Meet with us this night to discuss many cool plant facts
including why many vegetables are botanically fruits, why ginger root isn’t a root, and how broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts are the same plant.

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Spring into a Successful Garden

Tue 16 Feb 6:30 pm

Proper planning, and a few preventive 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 and 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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Creating a Xeric Landscape

Sat 20 Feb 2:00 pm

If you are considering turning your home landscape into a more water efficient one, this class is for you! Peggy Faith, a specialist in creating native and non-native xeric gardens, will offer suggestions on how to start. She will discuss design ideas, considerations for placement, lawn alternatives, irrigation basics, hardscaping, and maintenance. Come away with a better understanding of what is needed to develop an attractive yard that uses less water, and is better suited to our climate and soils, than a traditional one.

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Rethinking Idaho Landscapes

Sat 27 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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