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.
Idaho Landscape Symposium & Private Gardens Tour
The Idaho Botanical Garden continue this popular and important community forum. Speakers provide attendees with examples, tools & information useful for gardening in Idaho.
Please note this event is moving to the Fall of 2020 and combining with Private Gardens Tour. Check back for more information.
The Private Gardens Tour looks to highlight 6 special locations. Selected home garden owners will allow members of the community to wander through their yards. Each garden will have select list of feature plants and educational information provided by the Idaho Botanical Garden horticulture staff.
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.
If you submit a homeowner’s name, address, and phone number you will receive a free event voucher, good for such events as Great Garden Escape, Fall Harvest Festival, Winter Garden aGlow, and more. You may receive up to eight vouchers.
Members Plant Sale – May 8, 2020
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.
Members will enjoy appetizers, a complimentary glass of wine, and music while shopping the beautiful plant and garden store selections.
Garden Party – June 20, 2020
Idaho Botanical Garden’s biggest fundraiser event of the year! Look for new information about this event in January 2020
Great Garden Escape
Idaho Botanical Garden have partnered with Duck Club Presents to provide the best intimate gather for music lovers in a beautiful garden setting through a curated artist line up and an opportunity to purchase local food, beer and wine.
Join us most Thursdays, June-August, in the Meditation Garden to enjoy music from artists like Kuinka, Shook Twins, Joshy Soul, Hillfolk Noir and more*.
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.
*Artists from the 2019 Great Garden Escape series
Bug Day – Saturday, August 22, 2020
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
Fall Harvest Festival – October 2-4, 2020
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 3 and 4 for local food, drink, interactive kids activity stations, and entertainment for the whole family.
This year we are hosting an Adult Night Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct 2, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 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.
Throughout the month of October, visitors can view a variety of 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.
Winter Garden aGlow – Thanksgiving 2019 – January 4, 2020
Our signature event of the year starting November 28, 2019, and open every evening through January 4, 2020.
View over 400,000 multi-colored lights on trees, rocks, gazebos, and other garden structures.
Santa visits, princesses appear, and local choirs carol in 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.
Engagement Package: Reserve a private location in the upper garden during Winter Garden aGlow for your magical moment! Includes a reserved location from 7:00pm-7:45pm, 4 admission tickets, & 4 Holiday Specs and is $150.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-275-8606 for more rental information.