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Mission & History

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a community resource showcasing native and cultivated plants that flourish at high altitude. The Garden connects people to the region’s unique beauty and fosters environmental stewardship through education, events, displays and plant collections.

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is public non-profit 501 (c)3. It was founded in 1994 by a small local group of passionate gardeners and environmentalists. With the generous support of the Global Environmental Project Institute, this group was able to purchase a five-acre site, build a community building with a solar greenhouse, and begin their dream of establishing a Public Garden.

The goal of the Garden is to establish a place to build community through the understanding and exploration of both native and cultivated plants. Understanding the unique ecology of this region and exploring the wonders of gardening provided a multitude of opportunities to “celebrate plants and inspire people”.

Through its programs, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden provides information on gardening and ecological principles relevant to the areas climatic conditions and plant and human communities.

The Garden serves the Wood River Valley community of approximately 22,500 and a wider south central Idaho region of over 100,000. The five-acre garden is located off of Highway 75, five miles south of the town of Ketchum, at 11 Gimlet Road and Highway 75.

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