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Rooted | April 30, 2020

By: Erin Anderson, Executive Director | 04/30/2020

It’s a big week at Idaho Botanical Garden (it’s kind of a big dill), and I’m not even sure where to begin…

Our Idaho Gives campaign is going strong. As I write this, we have raised $8,035 towards our goal of $15,000! That’s great news! With only $6,965 left to raise, I am confident we will get there with your donation!

Our campaign’s goal is to increase food security in the Treasure Valley. Providing food to our most vulnerable populations is exactly where we start. With your support we can grow our IBG Veggie Resilience Garden bigger and better with a bountiful harvest, all to be donated to City Light Home for Women and Children.

Sierra, our Assistant Horticulture Director, is at it again, providing education and information on gardening here in the Treasure Valley. You can find an article titled “4 Veggies that Won’t Feed Your Family (And 4 That Will)” here on our website now or in the Idaho Press Tribune on Sunday. I’ll give you a hint, try kale and collard greens, a Sun Gold cherry tomato, or kohlrabi. Thank you Sierra for your hard work and keeping our community informed. Your videos (check them out here) are amazing!

When you need to find those transplant starts like Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, look no further than the IBG Annual Plant Sale. Members get first “entry” on May 1st and 2nd. Non-members will be able to access the sale starting May 3rd through the 6th, with pick-ups starting May 8th. With a resurgence of gardening, we anticipate plants to sell out quickly. So if you aren’t an IBG Member (but, like, why though?), sign up here before Friday. Be sure to check out the online plant sale catalog here.

Now on to the big announcement—I hope thistle cheer you up!

We are happy to announce that the Garden will be re-opening our gates! We will start with a soft opening for members only Saturday, May 2nd through Wednesday, May 6th. Inviting them to enjoy the space first is our way of showing our appreciation for their incredible support. We will then open to the general public on Thursday the 7th. If you want to get in early, become a member. Become a member! (Wait, did I mention you should become a member?)

To see our re-opening protocols, check out our updated information here.

If you think this sounds like a bit of an advertisement, you’re right…
I know this blog sounds like one big advertisement for Garden membership, and we know we’re asking a lot during these challenging times, but I’m not going beat around the bush: we need your support now more than ever. Our new membership and membership renewals are low. Really low. By becoming a Garden Member, you can provide reliable funding for the Garden so we can keep bringing you spring flowers, picnics in the Meditation Garden, and—when the time is right—all those concerts we are missing right now. Please, if you are able, support the Garden through your membership today.