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.
  • 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…

Bonsai Basics

Wed 25 Apr 6:30 pm

This two-part, four-hour class will provide an introduction to Bonsai the art of growing ornamental, artificially dwarfed trees or shrubs. Wednesday will focus on the art form and history, suitable plant material, soils, hydration, every day and special tools, pots, wiring, and pruning. Saturday will be an adventure in pruning your own juniper, a great plant for starting out.

Workshop limited to 15 participants.

Part II – April 28* • 10 a.m.

*On 4/28 please bring gloves, small pruning shears or scissors, small paintbrush, wood chopsticks if you have them.

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Wildflower Walk

Thu 26 Apr 6:30 pm

Come join a celebration of our foothills wildflowers. Botanists will lead participants on a 1.5- to 2-hour leisurely walk on trails behind the Old Penitentiary. Native and not-so-native species will be identified and discussed during the session.

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Soil Science for Gardeners

Sun 29 Apr 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

One million organisms can exist in a single pinch of soil. As a living, breathing foundation of garden landscapes, it’s important to take care of the world beneath our feet. This class will introduce basic soil structures, texturing skills, local soil types, and how organic matter can impact microbiological relationships that plants depend on.

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Wildflower Walk

Thu 3 May 6:30 pm

Come join a celebration of our foothills wildflowers. Botanists will lead participants on a 1.5- to 2-hour leisurely walk on trails behind the Old Penitentiary. Native and not-so-native species will be identified and discussed during the session.

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Oolong Tea

Tue 8 May 6:30 pm

Oolong tea is its own tea world. Just as there is an oxidation range in other teas, from white to black, there is that same range within the world of oolong tea. In this class we will explore that range and discuss the variations in the process that create it. Tea tastings throughout the class will demonstrate key discussion points.

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Concrete Leaf Workshop

Mon 14 May 6:00 pm

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.

This workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Part II is on Monday, May 21 • 6 p.m.

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Paper Making Workshop

Sat 19 May 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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Cultivating Love

Thu 31 May 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The event team at the Garden is excited to add this special event to our list of activities this year! In celebration of LOVE and the English Garden’s 20th anniversary, we are hosting Cultivating Love, an opportunity for couples to share with us their love story.

We will be recognizing former couples who have already found their happy ever after here at the Garden. There will be a chance to win a fantastic second honeymoon package as we are eager to honor the dedication and love of one of these couples.

We will also be inviting prospective couples from around the Valley to share their love story with us! These guests will be a given a chance to secure a fantastic dream wedding package. Included in that prize will be a variety of goods and services from the best event professionals in Boise! We have partnered with amazing vendors that will showcase their natural talents and highlight our stunning garden space. Stay tuned for more information as we help to Cultivate Love here at the Garden.
2018 Partners:

Rhodes Entertainment, Mist and Pine Photography, Sprout Designs, Coiled Wines, Wild Plum Events, Idaho Tents and Events, The Inn at 500, Boise Weekly, Thistle and Pine Creative, Flour Child Bakery, and Wildflower Florals and Events

ENTER by May 25th by Clicking on the link below.
Cultivating Love Entry

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EnGaGE Camp

Mon 4 Jun - Thu 9 Aug 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Engaging Girls in Garden Engineering

EnGaGE is a summer science program for girls 12-14 years old to design, build, and maintain raised garden beds. This is a multi-week commitment. Garden bed construction will take place during the first two weeks of camp, in June. Campers will return every other week to maintain their garden beds and to participate in a variety of STEM activities. Guest speakers from environmental and horticultural professions in the community will be included throughout the program.

June – August 2018

Girls age 12-14

Camp Cost $150

Camp Details:

  • Design and Build a raised garden bed
  • Grow your own food
  • Dig into soil science and irrigation design
  • Use power tools
  • Create your own garden art
  • Build plant robots
  • Learn about pollinators and beekeeping
  • Meet local women professionals in botany, horticulture, and business

Camp Schedule is as follows:

June 4-8, 9 a.m. – noon

June 11-15, 9 a.m. – noon

July 10 & 12, 9 a.m. – noon

July 24 & 26, 9 a.m. – noon

August 7 & 9, 9 a.m. – noon


Camp is limited to 15 girls. Payment is refundable up to two weeks prior to the first day of camp class, minus a $10 processing fee.

Members must sign in or register to receive the member rate. The discount will show up at checkout. Call the Garden at 343-8649 if you have trouble purchasing.

If not a current member, receive member rates by joining or renewing your membership. Click on the Membership here.



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Bug Day

Sat 18 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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