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Winter Plant Cuttings 11/24/2021
Winter Plant Cuttings
By: Anni Jack, Adult Education Coordinator

As we welcome the beauty of winter to the Treasure Valley, we also come to the season of family, friends, and lots of cozy indoor time. Our gardens and natur

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IBG Seeds for the Snake River Seed Cooperative 11/18/2021
IBG Seeds for the Snake River Seed Cooperative
By: Daniel Murphy, IBG Collections Curator

Snake River Seed Cooperative is a collective of family farmers in the Intermountain West who work together to produce a wide diversity of locally-adapted seeds.

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Garden Tool Care 11/05/2021
Garden Tool Care
By: Anni Jack, IBG Adult Education Coordinator

Meet Dave Hibbard, IBG’s Ground & Facilities Coordinator! He is going to walk us through some garden tool care for this coming winter. Dave has som

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Giving Thanks to Your Soil 10/28/2021
Giving Thanks to Your Soil
By: Anni Jack, Adult Education Coordinator

We step on it, dig in it, drop seeds and plants in its space and they devour its nutrients, then we yank those plants out of their happy place and enjoy their t

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Save the Seeds 10/22/2021
Save the Seeds
By: Anni Jack, Adult Education Coordinator

If you caught the last blog post, you have read some ideas on saving your garden produce into the winter months and beyond.  Saving seeds is another form of ga

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Preserving the Harvest 10/14/2021
Preserving the Harvest
By: Anni Jack, Adult Education Coordinator

Dirty nails, sweaty brows, frown lines (how many squash bugs can there be!?)… We made it, people! We have earned this garden harvest!  Now the question is, w

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Growing Culinary Herbs for Pollinators and You 08/20/2021
Growing Culinary Herbs for Pollinators and You
By: Elizabeth Dickey, Education and Visitor Engagement Director

Herbs used in cooking do very well in the climate of southern Idaho and in most of its soils. Many of them, such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage, are nati

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Weed it and Reap – Container Gardening 06/29/2021
Weed it and Reap – Container Gardening
By: Idaho Botanical Garden

Container Gardening Want to grow plants in an area with no open soil, such as on a porch, patio, or by a door? Put them in a pot, half barrel, or other conta

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Welcome Home: The Steppe 03/04/2021
Welcome Home: The Steppe
By: Sierra Laverty, Adult Education Specialist

Welcome home! You live in a rare, complex ecosystem. The water you drink is the result of a 9-million-year old lake. The air you breathe is the output of hundre

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Weed it and Reap | Less Lawn, Greater Value 10/28/2020
Weed it and Reap | Less Lawn, Greater Value
By: Elizabeth Dickey, Education and Visitor Engagement Director

There are 50 million acres of turfgrass in the United States. For perspective—Idaho is 53 million acres. Home lawns provide a place for children to play a

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Weed it and Reap – Fall Planting 10/07/2020
Weed it and Reap – Fall Planting
By: Elizabeth Dickey, Education and Visitor Engagement Director

Fall is a wonderful time to add new perennial plants to your landscape.  Fall plantings adjust to their new surroundings, getting set to actively grow in the s

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A Word from the Koi Pond 07/09/2019
A Word from the Koi Pond
By: Bob McKay, Pond Specialist and Gardener

Here at the Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG), the koi pond has had thick blooms of suspended, single cell algae and long, stringy blanket weed or "hair" algae. As I

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06/06/2019
Meat Eating Plants of Idaho
By: Daniel Murphy - Collections Curator

Plants have to eat, just like any other living thing. However, unlike other living things, plants make their own food using water, sunlight, and carbon dioxide.

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The Amazing Adaptability of Native Plants 05/02/2019
The Amazing Adaptability of Native Plants
By: Anna Lindquist, Garden Lead and Native Plant Specialist

Imagine being stuck in one spot, subject to the elements, reliant upon the kindness of strangers to feed you, and unable to defend yourself should something dec

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PRETTY TOUGH PLANTS: Discover the Plant Select® Program 04/03/2019
PRETTY TOUGH PLANTS: Discover the Plant Select® Program
By: Nell Frazer Lindqust, IBG Greenhouse & Nursery Coordinator

The Plant Select® program identifies, promotes, and distributes plants that are well suited for gardens in the Intermountain West. Created in 1997, the program

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Idaho celebrates Week of the Young Child 03/21/2019
Idaho celebrates Week of the Young Child
By: Brandi Nyhof, Idaho AEYC outreach coordinator

The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is partnering with the Idaho Botanical Garden to host a family-friendly outdoor celebrati

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Waking Up Your Garden 03/04/2019
Waking Up Your Garden
By: Elizabeth Dickey, Education and Visitor Engagement Director

Early spring is a great time to shake off the winter blues and get your garden ready before the busy warm season is upon us. Local gardeners have a few sayin

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DIY: How to build a backyard greenhouse 02/12/2019
DIY: How to build a backyard greenhouse
By: Sierra Laverty, Adult Education Specialist

Building a small, backyard greenhouse can be a rewarding, easy, and even less expensive solution to indoor grow lights. A greenhouse can allow a home gardener t

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Growing Your Own: As Easy as A-B-Seed? 02/11/2019
Growing Your Own: As Easy as A-B-Seed?
By: Sierra Laverty, Assistant Horticulture Director

It’s hard to ignore seeds this time of year. Many gardeners’ mailboxes are stuffed with seed catalogs, heightening our anticipation of winter’s end. Dried

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Gardening in a Changing Climate, Part III: A World Without Water 01/14/2019
Gardening in a Changing Climate, Part III: A World Without Water
By: Sierra Laverty, Assistant Horticulture Director

Boise, Idaho—home to Idaho Botanical Garden—is known as the City of Trees. There is an elusive fact that our city's shade trees and lush lawns conspire to h

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Gardening in a Changing Climate, Part II: A Horde of Locusts 12/04/2018
Gardening in a Changing Climate, Part II: A Horde of Locusts
By: Sierra Laverty, Assistant Horticulture Director

In the final days of October, we transplanted more than 100 vegetable seedlings into our raised beds and cold frame. Tucked under row-cover and a little plastic

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Preparing Your Pond for Winter 10/08/2018
Preparing Your Pond for Winter
By: Robert McKay, Gardener, Pond Specialist Certified Koi Keeper

Getting Your Pond Ready for Winter As we approach late October, the nighttime temperatures dance around freezing and the daytime temperatures struggle to get o

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Literally – Check it Out! 10/01/2018
Literally – Check it Out!
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Did you know that our administration building houses a huge library of horticulture books?  These books are free for members to check out.  Here is a list of

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Discover the Magic of Nature Camps 09/11/2018
Discover the Magic of Nature Camps
By: Wendy Irwin, Youth Education Coordinator

Summer at Idaho Botanical Garden means many things, from concerts, to weddings, to quiet moments spent at shaded picnic tables. For the Youth Education Staff a

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It’s National Pollinator Week 06/18/2018
It’s National Pollinator Week
By: Daniel Murphy

Thanks to Pollinator Partnership for providing these Pollination Fast Facts! What is pollination? Pollination is a vital stage in the life cycle of all flow

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Interested in Saving Seeds? 06/15/2018
Interested in Saving Seeds?
By: Idaho Botanical Garden

Here are some very basic seed saving tips! Some of the easiest flowers to collect seeds from include: Chocolate flower (Berlandieria lyrata) Winecups (

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Meet Mark Nagel Volunteer Beekeeper 05/29/2018
Meet Mark Nagel Volunteer Beekeeper
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Hi Everyone! Let me introduce myself.  My name is Mark Nagel and I am the new volunteer beekeeper at the Garden.  I have been keeping bees for 6 years and am

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30,000 Honey Bees! 05/17/2018
30,000 Honey Bees!
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30,000 Honey Bees! Please welcome our newest IBG staff members…30,000 honey bees!   Please welcome our newest IBG staff members…30,000 honey b

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Plantoids at the Garden 02/14/2018
Plantoids at the Garden
By: Idaho Botanical Garden

Idaho Botanical Garden hosted the Plantoids Robotics Workshop In an unusual pairing of robotics and horticulture, the Idaho Botanical Garden hosted the Pl

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Focus on Early Childhood 02/12/2018
Focus on Early Childhood
By: Idaho Botanical Garden

Project Learning Tree - Professional Development Workshop Focus on Early Childhood - March 16-17, 2018 Friday, 4:30-8:30 pm. Saturday, 8:30 am–3:30 pm with

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10/22/2015
“Birds & Blooms” Magazine
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Author Melinda Meyers with "Birds and Blooms" magazine names the Idaho Botanical Garden as her #2 favorite public garden in the nation!

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01/31/2014
Rethinking Idaho Landscapes
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The Idaho Botanical Garden and the University of Idaho continue popular and important community forum, Rethinking Idaho Landscapes on February 22, 2014. Keynote

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01/31/2014
Winter Interest
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We are well into winter in the northern hemisphere, and the plants in our landscapes have been dormant for weeks now. (more…)

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