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

Rebecca Needles

Garden Operations Manager
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Rebecca has been with us since 2005. Her responsibilities include working with event staff to ensure that garden events run smoothly, working with garden volunteers, managing plant sale activities and taking care of greenhouse growing. Her involvement in helping the Garden grow, teaching and learning from volunteers, and the working the quiet mornings are all some of Rebecca’s favorite parts about working at the IBG.

Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys camping, biking, rafting the river, eating seafood, and spending time with a large family of 4 children, 19 grandchildren, 2 dogs and 35 koi.


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



Kip Bryson, President
Karena Boesel, Vice President
Marlayna Elledge, Treasurer
Sonya Lenzi, Secretary
Kathy Yoshida, Recorder

Chris Wiersema, Executive Director


Allen Deitz
Christopher Pooser
Dena Shipton
Jason Prince
Rich Toney
Rick Turner
Sara Berry
Steven Turney
Chantel West