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.
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Upcoming Education Programs…


Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 3 Sep 9:30 am

Become centered within the invigorating morning sounds and scents of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Tai Chi, a meditative practice incorporating slow movement, has been described as magical and as poetry in motion. This popular class is suitable for beginners. The series will be held through September.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Firewise Landscape: Concepts & Techniques

Wed 7 Sep 6:30 pm

Learn ways to create a defensible space that reduces the risk of wildfire damage to your home. Brett will discuss the principles of flammable materials reduction, water conservation techniques and creating landscape zones. Participants will see plants to avoid, as well as those that are more fire resistant. Many of these plants are also appropriate for low water use gardens. The class will tour the Firewise demonstration garden planted and maintained through a cooperative effort by the Bureau of Land Management, College of Western Idaho Horticulture Program, and Idaho Firewise.

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Fairy Garden Adult/Child Workshop

Sat 10 Sep 10:00 am

Adult/child pairs will work together to create a single fairy-sized outdoor container garden sure to entice any pixies wandering through your neighborhood. Elizabeth will help you plant a container with fairy-scale plants and construct fairy furniture to set the scene. Set it outside to attract magical creatures or add your own favorite fairy statuettes.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 10 Sep 9:30 am

Become centered within the invigorating morning sounds and scents of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Tai Chi, a meditative practice incorporating slow movement, has been described as magical and as poetry in motion. This popular class is suitable for beginners. The series will be held through September.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Concrete Leaf Workshop

Mon 12 Sep 6:00 pm

Create a garden ornament using concrete and a large leaf. Cover your leaf with wet cement on Monday and return to the Garden on the next Monday 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.

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Green Manure and Cover Crops

Wed 14 Sep 6:00 pm

Join Kevin to learn why cover crops and green manures help improve vegetable garden soil, how to choose the best ones for your situation, when and how to plant, and how to convert from cover crop to vegetable bed. You will spend time outdoors for a hands-on experience.

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Fall Bird Walk

Sat 17 Sep 8:30 am

September is a great time to see resident birds and migratory species that are getting ready to fly south. Join Leanne for a stroll through the Idaho Botanical Garden searching for raptors, woodpeckers, and songbirds. Some of the birds to look for include American Kestrel, Downy Woodpecker, and House Wren.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 17 Sep 9:30 am

Become centered within the invigorating morning sounds and scents of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Tai Chi, a meditative practice incorporating slow movement, has been described as magical and as poetry in motion. This popular class is suitable for beginners. The series will be held through September.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Perennials

Tue 20 Sep 6:00 pm

Fall is the perfect time for planting. Come to this inspirational class
to gather ideas for your home landscape. Michele will take you on a
grand tour of the Garden grounds to view and discuss perennial plants well suited for Treasure Valley soils and climate. Please wear walking shoes and clothes suitable for the weather.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 24 Sep 9:30 am

Become centered within the invigorating morning sounds and scents of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Tai Chi, a meditative practice incorporating slow movement, has been described as magical and as poetry in motion. This popular class is suitable for beginners. The series will be held through September.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Landscaping for Wildlife

Wed 28 Sep 6:00 pm

While many of us have never thought of our gardens as “miniwildlife
preserves”, this may be an increasingly important role for us
humans. And it is easy, fun, and educational. Please join us as we
explore some simple techniques for increasing the biodiversity of your own backyard. We will see many examples “at work” as we tour the Garden. Please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather.

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Meriwether Cider Tour

Wed 5 Oct 7:00 pm

Go on a tour led by the head cider maker of the production facility, followed by a cider tasting in the taproom with a guided sensory analysis of chief labor components. At the end you will receive a Meriwether pint glass to take home.

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Paper Making Workshop

Sat 8 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 of 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. The workshop will be limited to 12 participants.

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Buried Treasure

Wed 12 Oct 6:30 pm

Learn how to plant a creative treasure trove that will turn your garden into a spectacular burst of color next spring. Rod will discuss the characteristics of different types of bulbs, corms and tubers. Then he’ll show you techniques for fall planting including design strategies and companion plants to complement your bulb garden.

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Fall Tips for a Healthy & Successful Spring Garden

Tue 18 Oct 6:30 pm

This comprehensive class will cover all the fall basics to encourage a
glorious garden next spring-including how to evaluate your landscape for future improvement, what to prune in the fall, soil amendment and mulching, tool maintenance and much, much more.

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Evergreen Wreath Workshop

Sat 12 Nov 9:00 am

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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Growing Fruit in the Treasure Valley

Mon 21 Nov 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join fruit tree expert Dr. Essie Fallahi to enjoy a class that addresses
general grape and fruit tree (including peach, plum and apple)
selection and production. Emphasis will be on factors to consider for
boosting fruit production. Following a lecture, the group will travel to the orchard to learn proper pruning techniques.

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