Movies in the Garden

The Idaho Botanical Garden is bringing back the summer drive-in atmosphere with Movies in the Garden. Bring a blanket, and come out to the Garden as we host a variety of movies on the giant-outdoor-big-screen. Come early to enjoy a picnic dinner in the Garden. Vendors on site offer dinner, adult refreshments and movie snacks.

Movies play select Fridays, July – September.

Event times:
Gate opens at 7 p.m. with movies beginning at dusk

2014 Movie Schedule

Friday, July 11, 2014
‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’

After being sprung from a chain gang, Ulysses, Pete, and Delmar traipse across Mississippi during the Depression Era. This comical adventure through Mississippi has the three convicts running into extraordinary characters including Big Dan Teague. Follow the three escapees as they search for and try to recover the buried loot of a fantastical bank heist of years past.


Friday, July 25, 2014
‘Field of Dreams’

“If you build it, he will come” is the ghostly whisper that Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears. Ray is compelled to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. While the farm is being foreclosed on, no one believes that if the diamond is build, he will come. Through this heart felt drama, Ray pushes through to follow his dreams and help those who gave up their dreams to rediscover the joy in what they left behind. Ray teaches that dreams do not have to be fantastical, but simply believed in and pursued. “Is this heaven?” “No, it’s Iowa.”


Friday, August 8, 2014
‘Secondhand Lions’

Walter, a shy and quiet boy, is suddenly dropped off at a house in the middle of nowhere for the summer. Hastily his mother introduces Walter to his uncles, Uncle Hub and Uncle Garth. Walter fears that his summer will be depressing, but his thoughts are suddenly changed when his uncles run a salesman off their property with a shot gun. Walter soon realizes that his summer will be anything but normal. It is a magical summer that shows you are never too old to be mischievous and adventurous.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Matilda Wormwood was born into an average, normal family: a dishonest car salesman of a father, a self-absorbed, Bingo playing mother, and an obnoxious older brother. However, Matilda is not your average, normal girl.  With her anger and frustration toward her family escalating, Matilda learns of her extraordinary telekinetic powers. With her new found powers, Matilda enforces justice for the students undermined by Principle Truchbull, makes new friends, and finds her true potential.


Friday, September 5, 2014
’50 First Dates’

Henry Roth is the name that every girl on the Island knows. Lucy Whitmore cannot remember anything from the previous days. When Henry meets Lucy, he does not realize what is in store for him. After discovering Lucy’s condition, Henry works diligently to make Lucy fall in love with him every new day. 50 First Dates is a romantic, whimsical, and fun movie revealing that if you love someone, nothing—not even memory loss—should stand in your way.


Friday, September 19, 2014
‘Finding Nemo’

Below the ocean we find Marlin—a tropical Clown Fish. In an unfortunate accident, Marlin becomes a single parent to Nemo. Nemo has a “lucky fin” which makes it hard for him to swim and keep up with his fellow ocean school mates. In a reckless moment, Nemo decides to defy is father and touch the “Butt.” Suddenly, Nemo is captured by a gentleman who lives at 42 Wallaby Way Sidney. Marlin sets out on a journey to rescue his son and encounters sharks, a sea turtle named Crush, jellyfish, a pelican, and of course his forgetful sidekick Dory. In this adventurous movie, we realize the importance of perseverance, family, friends, and how important it is to “just keep swimming.”


(Movie and activities are included in following admission prices)

Adults: $7
Youth (ages 5-12): $5
Children (4 and younger): Free
Garden Members: $5

Purchasing Tickets

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

Day of Event:
Tickets may also be purchased admission kiosks at the main gate.

Online ticket purchasing will only be available until 12 p.m. the day of the event. After reaching the Movies in the Garden online ticket purchasing page, choose your movie date. Members must sign-in or register to receive the member rate. The discount will show up at checkout. Call the Garden Box Office at 343-8649 if you have trouble purchasing. Will-call tickets will be available at will-call open during Garden hours and the night of the movie. E-tickets will arrive in a separate e-mail after the payment confirmation e-mail.

Purchase Tickets

By Phone:
Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling with Idaho Botanical Garden Box Office at (208) 343-8649. Tickets maybe be picked up at the will-call table by the admission kiosk at the main gate.

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

Food & Beverage

If you would rather leave the picnic basket at home, leave the movie snacks up to Willow Creek Grill! Choose from assorted sandwiches, salads, or your classic movie favorites: soda, popcorn, and candy! Willowcreek will also be serving beer, wine, and other drinks. They will be onsite all night to refill you popcorn and refresh your glass!

Willowcreek Grill

Outside food is permitted.


Additional Details

Low back chairs are permitted in all areas. Taller chairs are permissible at the back or far sides of the viewing area. Please ask a Garden staff person for details on appropriate locations.

Parking is free.

Sponsor Information
Movies-for-a-Cause was created by the Holland and Hart Foundation as a way to combine fun and philanthropy by supporting and promoting local charities and non-profits through an outdoor summer movie series.
Funds raised by the Idaho Botanical Garden movie events will be used to support our youth and adult education programs, school tours, day camps, and classes that encourage an appreciation of gardening, horticulture, and conservation