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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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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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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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4 Veggies that Won’t Feed Your Family (And 4 That Will) 04/30/2020
4 Veggies that Won’t Feed Your Family (And 4 That Will)
By: Sierra Laverty, Assistant Horticulture Director

My social media feed has been full of folks showing their newly planted broccoli and lettuce, and carrot seedlings emerging from the soil. There’s a wave

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Stress-relieving horticultural activities 04/02/2020
Stress-relieving horticultural activities
By: Michele Lesica, Horticulture

April is National Stress Awareness Month--and in the current situation our world is in this month couldn’t have better timing. Did you know that gardening is

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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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Beneficial Bugs in Fall 10/15/2018
Beneficial Bugs in Fall
By: Sierra Laverty, Assistant Horticulture Director

In the spring and summer, any garden is awash with wonder. Annual and perennial flower buds open to reveal magnetic colors. The sound of crickets and cicadas ri

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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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