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Rooted | May 7, 2020

By: Erin Anderson, Executive Director | 05/07/2020

Wow. Just wow! I am overwhelmed by the support we have received through Idaho Gives over the past fourteen days. We’ve nearly reached our goal of $15,000!

Every single dollar you have raised will help our Resilience Garden grow, and grow, and grow. We are excited to see how many pounds of fresh healthy produce we are able to donate to our partner, City Light Home for Women and Children, this growing season. Keep checking in with us for updates on our partnership with City Light throughout the summer and their own onsite community garden. We are serious about providing food security in the Treasure Valley, and that starts with our most vulnerable neighbors and friends.

As we enter into what feels like week 143 of the Coronavirus pandemic, our IBG team has been working hard to find innovative ways to keep you engaged with all we offer here at the Garden. We’ve received a lot of questions on what is next for our education programs, our events, and our day-to-day operations. So I want to give you an update on what we’re working on, what we know, and what is still up in the air…

First, as you probably heard, the Garden is OPEN! We have some new garden etiquette and ask that all guests follow some new protocols. This will allow us to provide a safe space for our visitors and keep our Garden Gates open. You can see those new expectations here.

Education 

Our Education Department has been busy reimagining what smaller groups and class sizes look like for our summer nature camps. We are happy to let you know, we have it all figured out (unless things change of course). If you have registered your child for one of our summer programs, we will be here waiting with open arms (for an air hug from 6’ away) to welcome your kiddos into the garden for a morning of fun, exploration, and most importantly some free time for mom and dad. If you haven’t registered your little one, we still have room in a few classes. You can check them out on our website here.

Events

What about events? That’s the million-dollar question. Our event team has been working hard at finding new ways to offer you the same great events that have become the staples of your Boise summers. We are working on plans to reduce the total number of event visitors in the Garden at a time, creating time blocks for your visits, crafting ideas like activity kits for kids, and figuring out how you can enjoy a Great Garden Escape Concert safely.

Our first event in the Garden is scheduled in June. It is called Create & Connect and will provide two unique opportunities for you to enjoy the Garden. You can choose to brunch in one of our many beautiful garden spaces or join us for dinner as you listen to some music, enjoy a glass of wine or a beer, and get to work on some pretty amazing DIY craft projects. We’re still working out the details, but we’ll get you an update in the coming weeks.

Our Great Garden Escape Concert Series has been pushed back a bit. We now plan to kick off the series on July 2nd and run through mid-September. We are working with our friends over at Duck Club to get the artists booked and ready for your listening pleasure.

As for Outlaw Field, please check out the updates on our website. Some artists have chosen to reschedule shows for later in the summer and some are postponing until 2021. We are working with our concert promotions partner, CMoore Concerts, to keep you up to date and provide all the important information on these changes.

I understand all the changes, postponements, and uncertainty is hard. It’s hard for us too. Over 65% of our operating revenue is earned through these events, and we depend on them to keep our gates open. So, as we make these changes, please bear with us. Let us know how you’re feeling, let us know how we’re doing, and come join us at the Garden in the coming weeks and months.

We are here for you, our friends, family, and neighbors, and we know you are here for us too!