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For the Love of the Garden

By: Erin Anderson, IBG Executive Director | 11/05/2021

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies – Gertrude Jekyll.

Gertrude Jekyll was a garden designer, a horticulturist, a garden designer, a writer, and an artist. Like Gertrude, we believe once the seeds of gardening are planted, you will forever be a garden lover, supporter, and cultivator.

Over the past 12 months, we have been sowing the seeds of new ideas, imaginative spaces, and dreaming of how our Garden will continue to grow. The pandemic has shown us how vital we are for our community.

The Garden is a place for families to gather safely. A place to partner with organizations dedicated to building a better community. And as a space for individuals to find peace and tranquility when the world feels a little upside down.

Those dreams lead to a new and exciting time at the Garden. A team of board members, staff, and community members are creating a new map, a Master Plan of what the Garden will one day become.

A new space filled with surprises around every corner, areas for educational programming, events, and secret nooks to discover. The drawings are nearly complete, and we are excited to share our plans with you in the coming months!

Another famous garden lover (well famous around these parts), who understood sowing seeds to build an everlasting Garden, is our long-time volunteer, advocate, and supporter Bob Hibbs, who passed away this year.

For more than 25 years, Bob and his late wife Lois were as much a part of the Garden as the flowers that grow here. As Idaho Botanical Garden has grown, Bob made the Garden a top priority. He was a problem solver and a dedicated volunteer. No job was too big or too small.

On any given day, Bob could be found in the Garden. Volunteering as our first facilities maintenance man, on a ladder helping with a staff project, or with his family on Christmas Eve at Winter Garden Aglow passing out holiday cheer.

He was kind, generous, and a friend who is missed greatly. Bob’s care and cultivation of the Garden will have a lasting impact from now, indefinitely.

As you walk through our Garden gates this fall, and experience the twinkling lights of Winter Garden Aglow, know, it is supporters like Bob and Lois, and you who keep our garden growing now and into the future.