Garden Sculpture & Art

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a special place in the Boise Community. The tranquil grounds are home to diverse plant collections, bubbling fountains, wildlife, quiet walkways, and distant vistas. The garden is also a unique outdoor gallery of art.

Suspended Gear

Amber Conger
Salvaged Steel & Antique Gear, 2008
Western Waterwise Garden

Conger has always been drawn to metals and sees unlimited possibilities in steel. She gathers her sculpture parts from local salvage yards, auctions, garage sales, and surplus centers. To her, the gears, bearings and mechanical objects are engineering marvels and she likes using these small parts that make the world go „round. Suspended Gear was donated to the Garden by the artist.

Memorial Bike Rack

Tim Hysell
Stainless Steel, 2005 (Top piece), 2010 (Bike rack)
Welcome Area

Bruce Hibbs was an avid bicycle rider who enjoyed the challenge of hill climbs. He rides through the hills of Eternity. This rack was designed by his sister, Laura Hibbs, and custom crafted by Tim Hysell of Arbors, Gates and Gardens. It was donated to the Garden by Bruce‟s friends and family.

Joel’s Gate

Tim Hysell
Steel, 2001
Vegetable Garden

Joel’s Gate was given to the Garden in remembrance of Nancy Grayson’s son. Joel Grayson was born a tiny 2.3 pounds and battled to live for six weeks. Though his life was brief, he touched many lives.

Untitled Ocean

Christophe Guigon & Corrin Olson
Ceramic & Steel, 2001-2003
Meditation Garden

Untitled Ocean was donated by Jon Riche in memory of his wife, Georgia, who greatly enjoyed the Idaho Botanical Garden. Her memorial service was held in the Garden. A plaque installed with the sculpture reads: “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

Oscar Fountain

Christophe Guigon & Corrin Olson
Ceramic & Steel
Meditation Garden

Oscar Fountain was donated to the Idaho Botanical Garden by the artists.

Totem Cluster

Christophe Guigon & Corrin Olson
Ceramic & Steel, 2001-03
Meditation Garden

The totem series was built using extruded cylinders and sculpture body clay to create more depth in the carvings. The sculptures were donated by the artists.

The Original

Christophe Guigon & Corrin Olson
Ceramic & Steel, 2001-03
Meditation Garden

The Original, the first collaborative piece created by Guigon and Olson, is on long term loan from the artists.

Camas Lily / Sacajawea

Rusty Talbot
Bronze. 2006
Lewis & Clark Native Plant Garden

This sculpture of Sacajawea shows her holding camas lilies, which were the inspiration for sculptor Rusty Talbot. The plaque at the base reads: “Honoring the Past Cherishing the Future.” Camas Lily was a gift to the Garden from Lois & Bob Hibbs.

The Machine

Amber Conger
Salvaged Steel, Antique Printing Press Wheel & Ceramic Insulators, 2008
Idaho Native Plant Test Area

The Machine was donated by the artist.


Francis Fox
Cedar & Steel, 1996
Idaho Native Plant Garden

According to the sculptor, Cedar expresses the paradox of stewardship, implying a delicate balance between destruction and protection. The steel represents human growth and the cedar stands for nature. The normally rigid steel material responds to the organic characteristic of the cedar trunk while at the same time confining it. Cedar was donated by Gary Bettis.

Pencil Bench

Christophe Guigon & Corrin Olson
Steel, 2009
Children’s Adventure Garden

Pencil Bench was donated by Tawny and William Flanders in memory of their daughter, Brianna, who died of brain cancer in 2008. Bri loved writing and art and had a favorite blue pencil sharpened at both ends. The Garden was one of her favorite places. The sculpture serves as a bench with a view of Boise and the Children’s Garden. The seat is positioned a little high so adults can dangle their feet like little children! The back of the bench can be used as an easel while sitting on metal seat posts and there is an engraving of Bri’s poem “Tough Girl” that can be rubbed on a sheet of paper with a pencil.

Untitled Grapes

Christophe Guigon & Corrin Olson
Ceramic & Steel, 2001-2003
Muriel & Diana Kirk English Garden

Unity Fountain

Delia DeLapp
Enamel Fused to Copper, 2006
Muriel & Diana Kirk English Garden

Unity was a gift to the Garden from Jennifer and Jay Ellis in honor of their wedding in the English Garden. Instead of giving party favors, Jen wanted her wedding guests to contribute to the celebration, so she had them write messages on rocks which they left in the fountain. The fountain features two trees intertwined in union, ascending from the Earth in springtime through the sky and up to the heavens, symbolizing Jen and Jay‟s eternal love and great bond to each other.

Untitled Birdhouses

Christophe Guigon & Corrin Olson
Ceramic & Steel, 2001-2003
Muriel & Diana Kirk English Garden

The ceramic and steel sculptures of Christophe Guigon and Corrin Olson are a play of color, texture, thought, and balance. Growing up, Olson spent much time in her father‟s ceramic studio and her sculptures stem from this experience. Most are slab built cylindrical forms, carved and textured with tools. With his engineering background, Guigon added steel to the more fragile ceramic to give a sense of strength and to provide balance.

Untitled Birdhouses is on loan to the Garden from Jane Van Auker.


Kathryn Vinson
Colorado Yule Marble
Jane Oppenheimer Heirloom Rose Garden

Colorado Yule Marble was used for a number of major national and state landmarks, most notably the Tomb of the Unknowns (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) in Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Equitable Building in New York City.

Plates & Shadows

Amber Conger
BSteel, 2008
Herb Garden

Plates & Shadows was donated to the Garden by the artist.


Dirk Anderson
Bronze, 2004
Cottage Plaza

Quail was donated by William Emery, Bonnie Serkin, and Shawna Gledhill in memory of Peggy Gledhill.

Ring-necked Pheasant Pair

Douglas Rose
Bronze, 2010
Cottage Plaza

The piece was commissioned by Wilma Gnemi to honor her parents, Bill and Margaret. Her father worked for Idaho Fish and Game for 35 years and her parents raised thousands of pheasants on a Jerome game farm for release into the wild. They also experimented with plants, developing an extensive collection of irises and other plants that were donated to the Garden at the end of their lives. Wilma and her parents appreciated the beauty and peaceful-ness created at the garden. The sculpture was cast at the Metal Arts Foundry in Lehi, Utah from carved basswood models which took a year to prepare.

Extra Mileage / Boys in the Swing

Clayton Robbins
Bronze, 1981
Children’s Adventure Garden

This sculpture, a fixture for years at the Boise Towne Square mall, had been cut up and sold to Pacific Steel and Recycling during mall renovations. A collaboration of community members resulted in its resurrection at the Garden. Dirk Anderson, with the help of Rebecca Harvey, restored the sculpture.