Enjoy a cool respite from the summer sun with flowing water and a pond in the tranquil Meditation Garden.
This garden’s “forest” includes broadleaf evergreens, conifers, and deciduous plants that require and prosper from the shade, the cool and moist air, and a break from the intense heat and sun of the Boise summer afternoons. Temperatures in the Meditation Garden can be as much as 20 degrees cooler than open, exposed locations in the afternoon.
The thin, wispy arborvitae in this garden was planted and left by minimum security inmates operating a tree nursery for the Old State Penitentiary in the 1960s. The rock wall along the back border of this garden contains sandstone quarried from Table Rock by the inmates. This area now creates an inviting forest and provides shade to the picnic tables scattered beneath the tree canopy.