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What’s Blooming August 2018 08/15/2018
What’s Blooming August 2018
By: Daniel Murphy, Collections Curator

Summer Fruits of Native Trees and Shrubs The Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden is lousy with fruit. As the fruits of serviceberries and currants fade, a su

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What’s Blooming July 2018 07/24/2018
What’s Blooming July 2018
By: Daniel Murphy, Collections Curator

Heritage Grain Trial Idaho Botanical Garden is participating in the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Heritage Grains Trial. Thanks to Anna and the Vegetable Garden

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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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What’s Blooming June 2018 06/10/2018
What’s Blooming June 2018
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Dwarf English Lavender  - Lavandula angustifolia ‘Wee One’   We have several Plant Select Petites in our Plant Select Demonstration Beds. Like

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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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Idaho Botanical Garden is now a propagation member of Plant Select 05/25/2018
Idaho Botanical Garden is now a propagation member of Plant Select
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New Plant Select Garden Featured at Idaho Botanical Garden The Idaho Botanical Garden is now a propagation member of Plant Select, the country’s leading bran

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What’s Blooming May 2018 05/19/2018
What’s Blooming May 2018
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Meadow Rue – Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’   The genus Thalictrum may surprise you by just how showy and attractive it can be. Commonly known

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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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Bear Grass Bloom Watch! 05/16/2018
Bear Grass Bloom Watch!
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It’s an exciting day in the Lewis and Clark Garden; we are on Bloom Watch for our Bear Grass! What makes this bloom so exciting is that Xerophyllum te

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What’s Blooming April 26, 2018 04/26/2018
What’s Blooming April 26, 2018
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Koreanspice Viburnum - Viburnum carlesii   Viburnum is a genus of shrubs consisting of more than 150 species, most of which are found in the North

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What’s Blooming April 2018 04/06/2018
What’s Blooming April 2018
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Prairie Smoke - Geum triflorum   One of the first wildflowers to bloom in the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden is a low-growing plant in the ro

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What’s Blooming March 2018 03/01/2018
What’s Blooming March 2018
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Panchito Manzanita Arctostaphylos x coloradensis   [caption id="attachment_6727" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Panchito Manzanita 'Arctostaph

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What’s Blooming 2/1/2018 02/01/2018
What’s Blooming 2/1/2018
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Helllebores - Helleborus spp.    [caption id="attachment_6727" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Hellebores 'Helleborus spp.'[/caption] This odd

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What’s Blooming 9/21/2017 09/21/2017
What’s Blooming 9/21/2017
By: Idaho Botanical Garden

Globe Amaranth - Gomphrena spp.    [caption id="attachment_6727" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Gomphrena haageana 'QIS™ Carmine'[/caption]

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What’s Blooming 8/23/2017 08/23/2017
What’s Blooming 8/23/2017
By: Idaho Botanical Garden

Eaton's Aster - Symphyotrichum eatonii   Every year during the final weeks of summer, we look forward to seeing the asters bloom. They are a sure s

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What’s Blooming 7/31/2017 07/31/2017
What’s Blooming 7/31/2017
By: Idaho Botanical Garden

Goldhill Golden-aster - Heterotheca jonesii x villosa 'Goldhill'   One of the many things to love about the Plant Select program is their collectio

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What’s Blooming 6/15/2017 06/15/2017
What’s Blooming 6/15/2017
By: Idaho Botanical Garden

Spanish Foxglove - Digitalis thapsi 'Spanish Peaks'   Idaho Botanical Garden is home to one of Plant Select's many demonstration gardens located th

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What’s Blooming – April 24, 2017 04/24/2017
What’s Blooming – April 24, 2017
By: Idaho Botanical Garden

April showers bring more April flowers. Brave the rain and come see the most recent blooms at Idaho Botanical Garden as April draws to a close. Here's hopin

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04/05/2017
What’s Blooming – April 2017
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Idaho Botanical Garden is on the verge of bursting into full bloom. So many things are already flowering, and there is much more to come. Below are just a few

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03/20/2017
What’s Blooming – March 2017
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09/26/2016
What’s Blooming 9/26/2016
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Bluebeard - Caryopteris spp.   Plants that bloom late in the summer and into fall are particularly important in the garden. Not only do they offer conti

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09/14/2016
What’s Blooming 9/14/2016
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Firecracker Vine - Ipomoea lobata   After months of growth, Ipomoea lobata is finally coming into its own. Commonly known as firecracker vine, Spanish f

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09/07/2016
What’s Blooming 9/07/2016
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Mexican Sunflower - Tithonia rotundifolia   Mexican sunflower is a real presence in the garden. Closely related to the sunflower genus (Helianthus), Tit

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08/31/2016
What’s Blooming 8/31/2016
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Joe Pye Weed - Eutrochium purpureum   Native to wooded slopes, wet meadows, thickets and streams of the eastern and northern United States, Joe Pye wee

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08/24/2016
What’s Blooming 8/24/2016
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Rocky Mountain Bee Plant - Cleome serrulata   At first glance Rocky Mountain bee plant might appear to be an import from an alien planet. The big pink bl

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08/18/2016
What’s Blooming 8/18/2016
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Hardy Hibiscus - Hibiscus moscheutos   Hibiscus moscheutos has the tropical appeal of other Hibiscus species but is surprisingly well-adapted to surviv

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08/04/2016
What’s Blooming 8/4/2016
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Globe Thistle - Echinops ritro   In the Children's Adventure Garden, a mass of planting of globe-shaped, blue-purple flowers draws a crowd. In the heat

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07/28/2016
What’s Blooming 7/28/2016
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Desert Willow - Chilopsis linearis   The common name for Chilopsis linearis, desert willow, might first appear to be an oxymoron, as we often associate w

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07/20/2016
What’s Blooming 7/20/2016
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Dahlias   Native to Mexico and Central America, dahlias are tuberous rooted perennials in the aster (Asteraceae) family. Years after its discovery, the f

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07/12/2016
What’s Blooming 7/12/2016
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Purple Prairie Clover - Dalea purpurea   Throughout the Idaho Botanical Garden you may notice certain plants covered in small metal cages made of chicken

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07/06/2016
What’s Blooming 7/06/2016
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Texas Red Yucca - Hesperaloe parviflora   It may surprise you that a plant native to central Texas and northern Mexico thrives in Idaho, but it's true.

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06/22/2016
What’s Blooming 6/22/2016
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Oceanspray - Holodiscus discolor   As we enter the heat of summer, flowers in many parts of the garden are slowly succumbing to the rising temperatures.

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06/14/2016
What’s Blooming 6/14/2016
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Butterfly Milkweed - Asclepias tuberosa   Butterfly sightings have become common in the garden these past few weeks. Butterflies are among the most char

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05/31/2016
What’s Blooming 5/31/2016
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Red Hot Poker - Kniphofia uvaria   The common names of plants can often be misleading or nonsensical. However, looking around town at the blooming Red H

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05/25/2016
What’s Blooming 5/25/2016
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Black Beauty Elderberry - Sambucus nigra 'Gerda'   A Black Beauty elderberry in full bloom is a sight to behold. Black Beauty is a trademarked name for

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05/16/2016
What’s Blooming 5/16/2016
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Streambank Wild Hollyhock - Iliamna rivularis   This eye-catching, Idaho native is a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae). As its common name implies

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05/03/2016
What’s Blooming 5/3/2016
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Lilacs - Syringa vulgaris   Sense memory in the springtime garden can be strongly influenced by the nostalgic perfume of lilac.  Does the scent of lila

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04/27/2016
What’s Blooming 4/27/2016
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Owens Valley Penstemon - Penstemon confusus   The western United States is lousy with penstemons. Idaho alone claims at least 43 native Penstemon speci

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04/21/2016
What’s Blooming 4/21/2016
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Curly Leaf Sea Kale - Crambe maritima   One of our horticulture missions at Idaho Botanical Garden is to showcase plants that are suitable for gardens a

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04/11/2016
What’s Blooming 4/11/2016
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Barestem Biscuitroot - Lomatium nudicaule   Lomatiums are among the diverse suite of wildflowers that bloom in the Boise Foothills each spring. Commonly

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09/23/2015
What’s Blooming 9/21/2015
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Asters For many, the beginning of fall is signaled by the appearance of pumpkin spice lattes. But gardeners might take more notice of the rows of mums appearing

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09/14/2015
What’s Blooming 9/14/2015
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Rabbitbrush! Summers in the Treasure Valley are bookended by the yellow flowers of two of our most abundant native shrubs. In late spring, bitterbrush bursts in

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09/08/2015
What’s Blooming 9/7/2015
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Maximilian Sunflower Helianthus maximiliani   Maximilian Sunflower is an herbaceous perennial native to the Great Plains regions of central North America. It

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07/27/2015
What’s Blooming 7/29/2015
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The genus Salvia is the largest in the botanical family, Lamiaceae (mint), with the number of species estimated to range from 800 to nearly 1,000. Salvias, comm

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06/29/2015
What’s Blooming 6/29/2015
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Nepeta x faassenii Catmint With its gorgeous, long lasting blooms, lovely scent, and pollinator attracting power, Nepeta x faassenii is one of the great hybrid

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06/24/2015
What’s Blooming 6/22/2015
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Bourbon, Hybrid Perpetual, Rambler, Modern Climbing, and Miniature Roses Bourbon Rose The Bourbon rose originated from a natural cross between a China rose and

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06/17/2015
What’s Blooming 6/15/2015
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Centifolia, Moss, and China Roses Centifolia Roses Salet Rose Historians believe that the Centifolia rose or the Cabbage rose is one of the oldest cultivated ro

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06/08/2015
What’s Blooming 6/8/2015
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Gallica and Damask Roses The Gallica rose is one of the earliest cultivated species of roses. This rose was cultivated by the Greeks and the Romans and was com

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06/01/2015
What’s Blooming 6/1/2015
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An Introduction to Old Garden Roses There are many types of roses in the world of plants. Wild roses, which are truly wild roses, are not usually cultivated. O

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