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Annual Events

Idaho Botanical Garden hosts a variety of annual events including Members Plant Sale, Great Garden Escape, Bug Day, Behind Garden Gates: Talks & Tours, 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.


Behind Garden Gates: Talks & ToursONLINE Plant SaleCreate & Connect FundraiserGreat Garden EscapeBug DayFall Harvest FestivalScarecrow StrollWinter Garden aGlow

Behind Garden Gates: Talks & Tours

The Idaho Botanical Garden continues this popular and important community forum, previously known as Re-thinking Idaho Landscapes Symposium. Speakers provide attendees with examples, tools & information useful for gardening in Idaho.

UPDATE PLEASE NOTE: We are currently revising Behind Garden Gates and hope to bring it back in fall of 2023.


Plant Sale – ONLINE May 1 & 2, 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.

We’re going online May 1-6, with exclusive member shopping May 1-2!

Members look for your special shopping code in your email right before! Schedule your pickup time when you checkout and meet us at our Garden gates, or select Delivery (some restrictions will apply).

Sale to the general public available May 3-6.

Details Here


Create & Connect – June 18, 2021

An Idaho Botanical Fundraiser for the love of plants!

Details Here +


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, July-September (a little later schedule than in the past), 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.  We will be reviewing all safety guidelines from the state prior to these evenings and provide appropriate safety measures for our guests.

*Artists from the 2019 Great Garden Escape series

Schedule & Tickets +


Bug Day – Saturday, August 21, 2021

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 at the Garden – Every Sat in Oct.

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year in the Garden. We celebrate this beautiful season during Fall Harvest at the Garden.

Fall Harvest at the Garden 2020

Scarecrow Stroll

Throughout the month of October, check out a variety of scarecrows designed by schools, businesses, and individuals from the community throughout the Garden!

With a map as your guide, see the Garden in one of it’s most beautiful seasons and enjoy the creativity of our awesome community. Be sure to cast your vote for the best scarecrow! The winner will be announced at the end of the event and will earn the coveted “Ray Bolger Memorial Award for Scarecrow Excellence” plus a Botanical Garden Prize! 

Now calling all creatives to enter either as a solo project or with colleagues to apply to be featured in this year’s Scarecrow Stroll! Apply Below. Applications due by: September 10, 2021!

Apply Here +

Winter Garden aGlow

Join us this holiday season as the Garden is transformed into a twinkling wonderland.