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…


What is Tea?

Tue 16 Jan 6:30 pm

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, eclipsed only by water. In this class we will discuss answers to these questions, and more: What is tea? Where is tea grown? How is tea processed? What are the differences between tea types? How to brew the best cup of tea? Tea tastings throughout the class will demonstrate answers to these questions.

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Fairy/Dinosaur Gardens Adult/Child Workshop

Sat 20 Jan 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 indoor container garden sure to entice any pixies (or miniature dinosaurs) wandering through your home. Debbie will help you plant a container with fairy-scale plants and construct small furniture to set the scene.

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Pruning Fruit Trees

Sat 27 Jan 1:00 pm

Proper pruning of fruit trees increases fruit production, decreases the risk of disease, and makes harvesting easier. At this class, you will learn how to get newly planted trees off to a good start, some state of the art growing techniques for home orchards, and how to maintain older trees.

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Vegetable Gardening

Tue 30 Jan 6:30 pm

This class focuses on a variety of edible gardening topics. Come learn about the value of soil amendments, proven companion plantings for pest management, differences between hybrid and heirloom plants, and extending the gardening season.

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Paint and Sip Adult/Child Workshop

Sat 3 Feb 10:00 am

Join us at the Botanical Garden to learn about the cacao tree and the Aztec Legend of chocolate! You and your child (ages 7+) will make your own hot cocoa from scratch, and customize it with tasty add-ins. Enjoy your treat while working together to paint canvasses celebrating the fruit of this wondrous plant and the little blue frog who shared it with the world. You and your child will each create a painting to take home.

The session is limited to 15 pairs or 30 people.

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Perennial Favorites

Thu 8 Feb 6:30 pm

Treat yourself to an evening of enjoyment viewing perennials that are up and coming or are returning from hiatus. This will be a refreshing focus on the “workers” who keep on performing year after year in our local climate and soils.

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House Plant Happiness, Become an Indoor Plant Pro!

Sat 10 Feb 1:00 pm

Learn the secrets for healthy indoor plants from industry professionals. Topics will include plant selection for your growing situation, pitfalls to avoid, tips and tricks for healthier plants, and the tools of the trade.

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Common Garden Problems

Tue 13 Feb 6:30 pm

PART I: DIAGNOSIS – February 13, 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to become a horticulture detective! Assessing plant health problems can be a difficult task. This session teaches advanced gardeners the process of piecing together clues to answer the question: “what’s wrong with my plant?” Join us as we uncover the subtle differences between plant diseases and nutrient deficiencies, poor soils and improper plant choices, and more. This class addresses problems of both edible and ornamental plant species.

 

PART II: SOLUTIONS – February 15, 6:30 p.m.

The second session covers solutions to common problems affecting edible and ornamental plant species. Advanced gardeners will learn how to correct nutrient, soil and watering issues, and choose a management strategy for insect pests, diseases, and physiological disorders. Prevention techniques will also be discussed.

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Shade Gardens

Wed 21 Feb 6:30 pm

Explore what to do on the north and east sides of buildings, or areas shaded by trees and shrubs. Michele will provide tips on soil preparation, watering, plant selection, and design elements.

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Rethinking Idaho Landscapes

Sat 24 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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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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