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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 SaleSummer Solstice PartyGreat 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.  This year lecturers will include Brie Arthur, of Brie Grows, and Linda Chalker-Scott, of Garden Professors.

Please note this event was previously in the spring and is moving to the Fall of 2020 and combining with Private Gardens Tour.  Talks and Tours will be on Saturday, September 12 – Talks at JUMP and Tours around Boise homes. Also enjoy a special Sunday Brunch with guest speakers on Sunday, September 13 at the Garden.

The tour looks to highlight 6 special locations. Selected home owners will allow members of the community to explore their garden spaces. 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.

Details and Tickets Coming this Spring!


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


Summer Solstice – June 19,  2021

Idaho Botanical Garden’s biggest fundraiser event of the year! Join the Garden in celebration of the Summer Solstice and Garden growth.  Enjoy a variety of delicious bites, complimentary drinks, and performances throughout the Garden.

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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

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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.  Look forward to new event experiences geared toward adults in 2020, as well!

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

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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.

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Scarecrow Stroll

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.

More Event Details Coming Soon!

Winter Garden aGlow – Thanksgiving 2020 – January 2, 2021

Our signature event of the year starting November 26, 2020, and open most evenings through January 2, 2021.

View over 550,000 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 location, such as a heated tent, classroom or outdoor area with burn barrels, for your company holiday party, winter wedding, or family gathering.

Please email events@idahobotanicalgarden.org or call 208-275-8613 for more information such as pricing and availability.

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.

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