Idaho Botanical Garden hosts a variety of annual events including Idaho Landscapes Symposium, Members Plant Sale, Private Gardens Tour, Great Garden Escape, Bug Day, Harvest Festival, Scarecrow Stroll and WinterGarden aGlo.
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
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.
Members Plant Sale
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.
Private Gardens Tour
The Idaho Botanical Garden is planning for the 2019 Private Gardens Tour of residential gardens in the Treasure Valley. The 2019 tour will showcase gardens in Boise’s Highlands area, near Hill Road and Bogus Basin Road. Idaho Botanical Garden is seeking recommendations for private, residential gardens, in this area.
“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 yard Sunday, June 9, 2019. Homeowners do not need to be home for the tour, as Idaho Botanical Garden provides event staff at each location.
“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, please provide the physical street address, along with the owner’s name and contact information to Nell Lindquist, Garden Tour Search Coordinator, via email or by calling 208-275-8614. And, for future garden tours, we always love to hear about great gardens anywhere in the Treasure Valley!
Grow the Garden Party
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 comradery, 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!
The Idaho Botanical Garden is bringing back the summer drive-in atmosphere with Garden Cinema. Bring a blanket and come out to the Garden as we host a variety of movies on the giant-outdoor-big-screen. Come early to enjoy a picnic dinner in the Garden. Vendors on site offer dinner, adult refreshments, and movie snacks.
Great Garden Escape
Idaho Botanical Garden is a fun, vibrant, place with 13 acres of cultivated grounds, art sculptures, education classes, and a unique, hip music series called Great Garden Escape music fans can enjoy most Thursday evenings, June through September. The 2018 concert series features upbeat dancing, music, and friends. This year’s partnership with Duck Club Presents (the promoters of Treefort) injects fresh energy into the performance line-up.
“Duck Club is excited for the opportunity to help augment the Great Garden Escape series with a variety of emerging touring artists and some new locals. The setting in the embrace of the diverse plant life in the botanical garden is a unique experience for music lovers (and the bands, too!), not to mention a rare shady stage to enjoy music outdoors in the heat of the Boise summer.” Megan Stoll, Duck Club Presents, Marketing Director
The 2018 concerts series continues to delighting music fans, now entering 22nd summer at the Garden. Collaborating with Duck Club Presents this season brings new artists Trout Steak Revival out of Denver; Americana band Old Salt Union with progressive string music and folk musician Ryley Walker, both from the Midwest; and American indie rock and folk musician Karl Blau from neighboring Washington State. Local favorites Frim Fram 4, Hillfolk Noir, and many more will be sure to get you moving and grooving.
“Our Thursday night Great Garden Escape series has a new vibe with bonus Duck Club concerts and we will still host the entertaining local favorites you expect to see.” Erin Anderson, Executive Director
Pack in your own low back chairs or blanket and picnic basket. Guest are also welcome to purchase selections from the on-site food and beverage vendors. Tickets to the series can be purchased day of at the gate or in advance at our website, idahobotanicalgarden.org. The next show is this Thursday, July 12th. Gates open at 5:30pm at the Garden.
An Entomological Extravaganza!
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
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 the first weekend in October for fun-filled hay rides, a pumpkin patch, interactive kids activity stations, and entertainment for the whole family.
This year we are hosting an Adult Night Harvest Festival on Friday, October 5th, 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 30 scarecrows designed by schools, businesses, and individuals from around the community.
Visitor 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
Our signature event of the year starting November 19, 2018 and open every evening through January 5, 2019.
This is the place for an overindulgence of Christmas spirit. With over 380,000
white, purple, red, orange, and blue 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!