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2014 April Showers Bring May Flowers, a Plant Sale and a Free Day at the Idaho Botanical Garden

By: | 04/04/2014

April 5, 2014 (Boise, ID) – The Idaho Botanical Garden is celebrating the start of spring by helping the community prepare.  Eager gardeners can attend hands-on classes, visit with local experts during National Public Gardens Day or purchase the perfect plant during the annual Garden fundraiser – Plant Sale.


Idaho Botanical Garden Plant Sale

Friday, May 2, 2014; 4:00 – 8:00 pm for Members only; Free admission.

Saturday, May 3, 2014; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Everyone welcome.

Half price admission: Garden members are free; General admission is $3.50; Youth 5-12 are $2.50; Children ages 4 and younger are free.


Local gardeners celebrate the first signs of spring by shopping for new plants at the annual Idaho Botanical Garden Plant Sale.   The horticulture team, with assistance from College of Western Idaho Horticulture Students, offers a variety of annuals, perennials and vegetables both new and old, that thrive in the Intermountain growing climates.  Guests are invited to take advantage of Garden’s horticulture staff to help select the right plant for specific areas.   Revenues support the year round operations of the Garden.


National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 9, 2014; 9:00 am to dusk.

Free admission

The Idaho Botanical Garden continues its tradition of participating in National Public Gardens Day by offering free Garden admission – all day long.  The event is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and the role they play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conversation and education.  Local partners will share information and resources regarding sustainable practices, garden design and tips that support conservation strategies.   Organizations that will be onsite from noon – 5 pm include:

Boise WaterShed

United Water

Madeline George Garden Design Nursery

National Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides

Cottage Gardeners

Willowglenn Landscape

Silver Creek Supply


Educational carts will also explain how carnivorous plants capture live food and why it’s important to plant pollinating plants for a healthy insect and eco system. As part of the Tomato Independence Project, we will offer a list of different tomato varieties and their best uses: canning, drying, sauces, juicing  and fresh eating.


Vendors Bel Cibo, brewery Crooked Fence and winery Indian Creek will be onsite from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm to satisfy hungry and thirsty Garden wanderers.  Free cake will be offered at 1:00 pm in celebration of the Garden’s 30th Year Anniversary. A small ceremony will take place to thank departing executive director Julia Rundberg for her vision, dedication and service to the Idaho Botanical Garden.


Old Penitentiary Historic District Neighbors, the Idaho Department of Mining and Geology, are hosting a free open house featuring guided tours, hillside geo-hikes, and a lecture by historian Troy Lambert titled, “ Out of the Deep Dark Lessons Learned from the Sunshine Mine Disaster.”    Visit idahomuseum.org for full details.


Continuing Education Classes:

The Idaho Botanical Garden offers more than 40 classes annually for amateur gardeners. These educational opportunities are perfect for do-it-yourself gardeners eager to learn best practices for lovely gardens that thrive in Idaho’s unique climate.  Classes celebrate healthy activities to connect with nature, to get active and unplug from daily stress.


Fairy Gardens: Adult and Child Workshop

Saturday, May 10, at 10:00 am in the Idaho Botanical Garden Cottage

Garden member pair is $15, Non-member pair is $20. Pre-registration required.


Create an imaginative fairy-sized outdoor container garden sure to entice any pixies wondering though your neighborhood. Plant a container with fairy-scale plants and construct fairy furniture using willow twigs and hot glue.


Free Wildflower Walks

Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.

Free. Pre-registration required.


Come join a celebration of wildflowers in Boise’s Foothills.  Guides will lead participants on a 1.5-2 hour leisurely walk on trails behind the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Native and not-so native species will be identified and discussed during the session. Attend one or both walks.


Tai Chi in the Garden

Saturdays, starting May 10, 9:30 a.m. in the Meditation Garden.

Free with regularly priced Garden admission – per session. Garden members are free; General admission is $7; Seniors and youth (ages 5-12) are $5.


Become centered within the invigorating morning sounds and scents of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Tai Chi, a meditative practice incorporating slow movement, has been described as magical and as poetry in motion. This popular class is suitable for beginners. The series will be held through September. No class on 8/23 & 9/13.


Paper Making Workshop

Saturday, May 17, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. am at the Idaho Botanical Garden Cottage

Garden member are $30; non-member are $35. Pre-registration required.


All plant life is made of cellulose which is the main ingredient of paper. The paper making class, taught by master paper maker – Tom Bennick, will include handouts, examples of paper as an art medium, tools used, demonstration and the making of hand-made paper from various fibers.


The Science of Plant Color

Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m. in the Idaho Botanical Garden Cottage

Garden member $10; non-member $15. Pre-registration required.


Increase your appreciation of a garden’s beautiful colors through a basic understanding of how (and why) chemicals in plants interact with light to create color. We’ll also cover a few considerations for choosing and siting plants in ways that maximize enjoyment of their colors. Class includes a walk through the grounds to find examples of topics discussed.




Seasonal Hours and New Admission Rates:

The Idaho Botanical Garden welcomes spring by adding seasonal admission hours.  Visitors can explore the Idaho Botanical Garden 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – dusk, or 9 p.m.   Admission prices are Adults: $7, seniors and youth (ages 5-12) $5.  Members receive general Garden free admission year-round.



About the Idaho Botanical Garden:


The Idaho Botanical Garden began in 1984 and leases 33 acres from the state of Idaho with approximately 14 acres currently cultivated.  The Garden is located on land once known as #2 Yard of what were once Idaho’s Territorial Prison and later the first Idaho State Penitentiary.

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a private, non-profit corporation existing without state or federal funding. The Garden is completely dependent on tax-deductible contributions from community-minded citizens, corporations, foundations, and site rentals. The mission of the Idaho Botanical Garden is to provide a full garden experience for all ages that enhances community quality of life through plant collections, our education programs, and our entertainment, cultural and community events.

For more information call (208)343-8649 or visit www.idahobotanicalgarden.org