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Annual Events

Idaho Botanical Garden hosts a variety of annual events including Idaho Landscapes Symposium, Members Plant Sale, Private Gardens Tour, Great Garden Escape, Bug Day, Fall Harvest Festival, Scarecrow Stroll and Winter Garden aGlow.

Enjoy a unique experience!

Celebrating all seasons, our annual events offer fun, festive activities open to visitors of all ages and abilities. Plus – your attendance supports Garden operations and education programs.

 

Landscape SymposiumMembers Plant SalePrivate Gardens TourGrow the Garden PartyGreat Garden EscapeBug DayFall Harvest FestivalScarecrow StrollWinter Garden aGlow

Idaho Landscape Symposium

The Idaho Botanical Garden & the University of Idaho continue this popular and important community forum. Speakers provide attendees with examples, tools & information useful for gardening in Idaho.

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Members Plant Sale – May 10, 2019, 4 to 7 p.m.

Garden enthusiasts look forward to this event each spring. The Idaho Botanical Garden Plant Sale offers water-wise and unique plants for your private garden. All purchases support horticulture and education programs throughout the year.

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Private Gardens Tour – June 9, 2019

The 2019 Private Gardens Tour will showcase gardens in Boise’s Highlands to Hidden Springs area, near Hill Road and Bogus Basin Road.

“The Tour is in its 35th year and is an essential garden event for the avid or the amateur gardener alike. Each home highlights something unique, giving other homeowners ideas and inspiration to create an oasis in their own backyard.” Erin Anderson, Executive Director

The Private Gardens Tour highlights 8-10 homes each year. Selected home garden owners will allow members of the community to wander through their yards Sunday, June 9, 2019.

 “I love sharing my passion for gardening with others.  The attendees are respectful, appreciative, and provide great feedback. I always learn something new,” Kathy Yoshida, 2018 Private Gardens Tour homeowner.

To nominate a garden for future tours, please provide the physical street address, along with the owner’s name and contact information to Gillian Bovard, Event Operations Manager, via email or by calling 208-275-8617

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Grow the Garden Party – June 21, 2019

Idaho Botanical Garden’s biggest fundraiser event of the year! 2019 marks our 10th year. This annual “Grow the Garden Party” is an evening filled with camaraderie, locally-sourced food, cocktails, and live music. A fantastic array of silent and live auction items are to bid on! From beautifully planted flower containers to private garden events and fun vacation packages, our enthusiastic auctioneer gets those paddles raised.

We can’t wait to Grow the Garden with you again in 2019!

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Great Garden Escape

Idaho Botanical Garden is a fun, vibrant, place with 14 acres of cultivated grounds, art sculptures, education classes, and a unique, hip music series called Great Garden Escape that music fans can enjoy select Thursday evenings, June through September.

Pack in your own low back chairs or blanket and picnic basket. Guests are also welcome to purchase food and beverages from the onsite vendors. Tickets to the series may be purchased the day of the event at the gate or in advance online. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. at the Garden.

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Bug Day – Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An Entomological Extravaganza!

Advanced Admission:
$8 Members & Youth (4-12)
$10 Non-Member
Children 3 and under are free.
At the Gate:
$10 Members & Youth (4-12)
$12 Non-Member
Children 3 and under are free.

Learn about the exciting world of bugs in an adventurous environment! Earn a “Certificate in Bugology,” purchase edible insects, play bug bingo, participate in Insect Olympics, catch live bugs, and meet the experts. Bug Day is an entomological extravaganza, fun for the entire family.

Co-Presented by: The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

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Fall Harvest Festival – October 4-6, 2019

Advanced Admission:
$8 Members & Youth (4-12)
$10 Non-Member
Children 3 and under are free.
At the Gate:
$10 Members & Youth (4-12)
$12 Non-Member
Children 3 and under are free.

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year in the Garden. We celebrate this beautiful season with our annual Fall Harvest Festival.

Gather with loved ones October 5 and 6 for fun-filled hay rides, interactive kids activity stations, and entertainment for the whole family.

This year we are hosting an Adult Night Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct 4, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for visitors 21 years of age and older, only.

Refresh with local food, beer, and wine vendors. Dance along to live music by local bands and national bands. Details for this year’s line-up is coming soon.

Find locally-made scarecrows for our Scarecrow Stroll, throughout the Garden and vote for your favorite one! You don’t want to miss this seasonal family tradition.

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Scarecrow Stroll

Throughout the month of October, visitors can view 31 scarecrows designed by schools, businesses, and individuals from around the community.

Visitors are provided a map and encouraged to stroll along garden paths, enjoying the creativity of each exhibit.  Be sure to cast your vote for best scarecrow! The winner will be announced at the end of the event.

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Winter Garden aGlow

Our signature event of the year starting November 28, 2019, and open every evening through January 5, 2020.

View over 400,000 multi-colored lights on trees, rocks, gazebos, and other garden structures.

Santa visits, princesses appear, and local choirs carol throughout the garden on select evenings. There is hot chocolate, hot cider, food trucks and firepits.  This is one family tradition that all visitors overwhelming enjoy!

Reserve a heated tent for your company holiday party, winter wedding, or family gathering. Available November 30-December 29, 2019. Includes tickets for 100 guests.  Please email events@idahobotanicalgarden.org or call 208-275-8606 for more information.

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