Private Gardens Tour 2017

Date(s) - Sun 11 Jun
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Enjoy a variety of delightful private gardens found in the growing Boise Bench area. Now in its 31st year, the Garden Tour is a fundraiser for the Idaho Botanical Garden, its plants and programs, and the Lunaria Grant.

2017 Lunaria Grant Recipients:

  • Orton Botanical Garden
  • North Junior High
  • Homedale Farmer’s Market
  • Boise Watershed Exhibits

This year’s Garden Tour showcases the history of the Boise Bench. Many of the homes on this tour were built in the early 1900s. These historical properties are filled with old growth trees as well as modern updated gardens. Landscapes, designed and installed by homeowners, will inspire you to reinvent your yard. You’ll also find hand-built rock walls, carefully placed plants, lavish containers, quirky vegetable gardens, flower beds exploding with color, texture, and diversity, and lush, shady backyards filled with Hostas and Ferns watered by flood irrigation. Xeriscaped front yards and parking strips will have you rethinking your water hungry landscape. Some yards are filled with a variety of outdoor living spaces and recycled, salvaged materials utilized in the garden in ways you could never imagine. Each garden on the 2017 Tour is unique!


  • Find live music at Empire Way and Willoway Dr locations on the Tour
  • Be sure to stop by presenting sponsor Cottage Gardeners on 600 N Latah St to enjoy coffee by Dutch Bros.and check out their Saturday Market Days!
  • Volunteers still needed for the Tour and upcoming Grow the Garden Party on June 23! E-mail Karen for details.

Please remember, the Garden will be closed June 11 for Savor Idaho. Bring your Garden Tour receipt/wristband to enjoy free Garden admission June 12-17!

View Garden Tour Map


Advance Purchase – available until 4 p.m. June 9
General Admission: $25
Garden Members: $20
Sorry, there are no discounts for youth for the Garden Tour.

Weekend of Purchase:
General Admission: $35
Garden Members: $30
Sorry, there are no discounts for youth for the Garden Tour.

Last admission for day of sales at 4 p.m.

Purchasing Tickets

There are three easy way to purchase tickets in advance – by phone, in person or online.

Online ticket purchasing will only be available until 2:00 pm June 9 (the Friday prior to the tour). Members must sign-in or register to receive the member rate. The discount will show up at checkout. Call the Garden Box Office at (208) 343-8649 if you have trouble purchasing.

Purchase Tickets Online

By Phone:
Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling the Idaho Botanical Garden Box Office at (208) 343-8649.

In Person:
Garden Tour admission may be purchased in advance in the Idaho Botanical Garden Box Office. The Garden Box Office is open from 9 am – 4 pm daily.

Ticket and map pick-up:

Once Tour admission is purchased, you name(s) are added to the Tour roster. You may check in at any garden along the Tour the day of including at our 2017 presenter, Cottage Gardeners, Inc.  located on 600 N Latah St, Boise, ID 83706. 

All the homes on the tour are in a short distance of each other.

Printed maps will also be available at the gardens on the day of the Tour including Presenting Sponsor – Cottage Gardeners located on 600 N Latah St, Boise, ID 83706. 

2017 Garden Tour Sponsors

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