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

Rod Burke

Horticulture Outreach Director
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Rod joined us in 1996, making him one of IBG’s longest working employees! As Project Outreach coordinator, his tasks include communicating with sponsors and partners and planning new projects. Rod’s favorite part about working at the IBG is having a role in its operations and watching it expand and mature in the community. He most enjoys meeting visiting guests and witnessing the generosity of volunteers, individuals and companies that help bring life to the IBG mission.

Though born in Idaho, Rod has also lived many years out east where he met his wife, Gretchen, before moving back to the Treasure Valley and finding a part time job at the Garden in 1996. In his free time, Rod enjoys taking advantage of Boise’s many cultural events, enjoying those perfect weather days outside and connecting with friends.


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