Idaho Botanical Garden staff, through their labor and dedication, brings the Garden's Master Plan towards fruition.

Karen Christeson

Volunteer Manager
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In the fall of 2007, the Garden welcomed Karen to our staff. As our Volunteer and Site Rental Coordinator, she recruits and schedules volunteers, and manages our facility rental all while extending a warm welcome to Garden visitors. Karen loves coming to work every day because a large part of her job involves interacting with energetic and positive people who are dedicated to nature and our community. Her favorite part about the Garden is being a part of a team of staff and volunteers who uplift and inspire her daily. She is also delighted to step out of the office, meet new people, and take them on a Garden tour while planning their special day. In her spare time, Karen can be found gardening, shopping for seasonal produce at the Farmer’s Market, experimenting with new recipes, bird watching, walking Mocha (her seven year old Lab mix), reading, and spending time with friends and family.


Idaho Botanical Gardens Board of Directors provides vision, direction and support for the Garden’s development, programs and events.



Karena Boesel, President
Sonya Lenzi, Vice President
Marlayna Elledge, Treasurer
Allen Deitz, Secretary

Christine Wiersema, Executive Director


Sara Berry
Kip Bryson
Christopher Pooser
Jason Prince
Dena Shipton
Misty Sterk
Rich Toney
Rick Turner
Chantel West