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Astronomy in the Garden – The horse, the maiden and the queen

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Dr. Tim Frazier, our favorite astronomy buff and president of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will offer 4 nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018.

Participants will start inside at 7:00 pm with a featured lecture (see schedule below). Then, weather permitting, we’ll move outside at 8:00 pm to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes, if you have them!  Space is limited to just 20 participants and payment will confirm your spot.  Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your slot.

Cost (register online here)

  • Per evening: $10 Sawtooth Botanical Garden members/ $12 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.
  • For the series: $35 for SBG members/ $43 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.

Schedule

  • January 23, Tuesday – 7 pm: Finding your way with telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes.  8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • May 22, Tuesday – 7 pm: Shoot the night sky with your camera or cell phone. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • August 12, Sunday – 7 pm: Family night at Croy Canyon; Perseid meteor shower will be a highlight.  In case of bad weather, we’ll relocate to SBG and feature some cool astronomy activities for kids. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • November 13,  Tuesday – 7 pm: The horse, the maiden and the queen – winter constellations. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.

From Graphite to Color

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Lotus in graphite (L) and graphite with color (R) by Laura Vogel

Laura Vogel of the New York Botanical Garden returns to teach an intimate, 3-day watercolor workshop. Day One: explore the tools of graphite and classical light on form. Day Two: color theory and applied techniques.  Day Three: refine techniques with additional reference material or one’s own subjects.  Suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refine their skills. The workshop will be held Tuesday-Thursday, August 28-30 from 10 AM – 4 PM each day.

Cost: $375 SBG members/$400 nonmembers. Preregistration required; payment reserves your spot. Note: class fills quickly.

Materials list:  Sawtooth Materials List From Graphite to Color Workshop

Instructor: Nationally recognized artist and popular teacher Laura Vogel has taught at the New York Botanical Garden for 21 years. Vogel will also teach ‘Watercolor Weekend’ August 25-26 at SBG.

 

Watercolor Weekend

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Laura Vogel of the New York Botanical Garden returns to teach this intimate, 2-day watercolor workshop. On Day One participants will focus on techniques and then on Day Two apply those techniques using leaf images. Suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refine their skills. The class will be held Saturday & Sunday, August 25-26 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM each day.

Cost: $195 SBG members/$225 nonmembers. Preregistration required; payment reserves your spot. Class fills quickly.

Materials List:  Sawtooth Materials List Watercolor Weekend – Fall Leaves

Instructor: Nationally recognized artist and popular teacher Laura Vogel has taught at the New York Botanical Garden for 21 years. Vogel will also teach ‘From Graphite to Color’ August 29-30 at SBG.

Image by Laura Vogel

Astronomy in the Garden – Family Night at Croy Canyon

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Dr. Tim Frazier, our favorite astronomy buff and president of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will offer 4 nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018.

Participants will start inside at 7:00 pm with a featured lecture (see schedule below). Then, weather permitting, we’ll move outside at 8:00 pm to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes, if you have them!  Space is limited to just 20 participants and payment will confirm your spot.  Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your space.

Cost (register online here)

  • Per evening: $10 Sawtooth Botanical Garden members/ $12 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.
  • For the series: $35 for SBG members/ $43 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.

Schedule

  • January 23, Tuesday – 7 pm: Finding your way with telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes.  8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • May 22, Tuesday – 7 pm: Shoot the night sky with your camera or cell phone. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • August 12, Sunday – 7 pm: Family night at Croy Canyon; Perseid meteor shower will be a highlight.  In case of bad weather, we’ll relocate to SBG and feature some cool astronomy activities for kids. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • November 13,  Tuesday – 7 pm: The horse, the maiden and the queen – winter constellations. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.

Painting the Landscape in Watercolor with Stan Miller-FULL

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This is an exceptional opportunity to learn the fundamentals of realism, impressionism and abstraction from a master watercolorist in a small class setting. Learn how to explore landscape painting by choosing a paintable subject that matches ones skill level, technique, color, creating mood, understanding composition & design.

Day/Time:   Wednesday-Friday; July 25-27, 2018; 9 am-4 pm

Location: Sawtooth Botanical Garden, 11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum, Idaho

Cost: $400 SBG members/$450 nonmembers. Act now, class fills quickly! Call 208-726-9358 to pay and confirm your spot.  CLASS IS FULL

Materials listStan Miller Landscape in Watercolor Workshop

Instructor: Stan Miller is an internationally known American artist. He has instructed workshops and juried art events around the world.  He is a signature member and award winner with the American Watercolor Society.  In 2015, Stan was first place winner in the Artist’s Magazine National Competition and in 2014 was an Award winner and participant in the World Watercolour Competition and Exhibition in Narbonne, France. He participated in the 2014 World Watermedia Exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2006 Stan was the Grand Prize winner in the Watercolor Magic Magazine National Competition, USA. In 2004 he as the First Place Winner in the Artist’s Magazine National Competition, USA. In 2002 he was an award winner at the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York City. To learn more about Stan and his work, please visit http://stanmiller.net/.

Medicinal Plants of the Wood River Valley

By popular demand, herbalist Darcy Williamson returns to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden to teach wildcrafting and herbal preparation techniques.  Participants will harvest plants on and off site and learn to create useful products to take home.

Schedule:

** Saturday will be a field trip day where participants will learn to identify and harvest medicinal plants to use in the following day’s class.

** Sunday participants will learn how to process the harvested plant material. Tinctures, salves, teas and syrups will be made by the group to take home at day’s end.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8, 2018; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Cost: $195 SBG members/ $225 nonmembers. This workshop will fill quickly and preregistration required.  Fee includes all materials plus a copy of Medicinal Plants of the Northwest and a Native American Medicinal Plant Chart.  Click here to register.

Instructor: Darcy Williamson has spent nearly fifty years studying, harvesting and preparing medicinal plants of the Rocky Mountains. Author of over 25 books, she has been selected as a feature speaker for such organizations as the Idaho Physicians Association and Idaho Native Plant Society.

Geology of the Wood River Valley – talk SOLD OUT

Geologically, the area around the Wood River Valley is comprised of complex rocks and landforms made of granite, sedimentary rocks, basalt lava flows, fascinating core complexes, and even a nearby caldera.  We have it all!   Learn about this fascinating geology and how it influences native plants, garden soils, mining, earthquakes and, now, floods!  SBG is offering both an evening lecture and an all day field trip led by Idaho State University geosciences professor Dr. Paul Link.

Instructor: Dr. Link joined the faculty at ISU in 1980 and specializes in the geology of the Intermountain West. He is the former director of ISU’s Geology Field Camp, a 5-week intensive course located in central Idaho that teaches students to describe rocks and structures and especially to make geologic maps.  Prior to 2012 he taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in structural geology and regional tectonics. He has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific papers on the geology of Idaho.

Talk:  Friday, June 22; 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the SBG visitor center

Field Trip:  Saturday, June 23; 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM; meet at SBG to carpool.

Cost [click here to register]:

  • Talk or field trip: SBG members $10; nonmembers $12. Preregistration required.
  • Talk and field trip: SBG members $18; nonmembers $22. Preregistration required.

Aerial photograph of the Wood River Valley by Dr. Paul Link.

Resilient Landscapes #6: Field Tour of a Nativar Nursery

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The Cities of Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Bellevue, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Wood River Land Trust are hosting a 6-part Resilient Landscapes for Resilient Communities series in January-June, 2018. Professionals will share their expertise on how to create beautiful landscapes using cultivated and native plants while promoting water conservation in the landscape. These Water-Wise sessions qualify for the Hailey Water Smarty rebate program.

The sixth and final class of the series is a Field Tour of a Nativar Nursery held on Saturday, June 9. Participants will meet at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 8:30 AM for carpooling and return to the Garden by 2 PM.

The group will journey to Native Roots, LLC, a nativar nursery in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Dr. Steve Love, University of Idaho scientist, will discuss his life’s work developing selected native plants called nativars to enhance their usefulness in the home landscape. Steven Paulsen, owner of Native Roots, will lead a tour of the site, introducing participants to nativars available now and explaining their many uses and benefits. Watering requirement, soil and planting info and/or maintenance will be discussed

Other classes in the series include:

  • #1 & 2: Design Your Own Resilient Landscape, January 18 and 25, 6:30-8:00 PM at Hailey City Hall. On January 18: Sharon Browder (Xeriscape designer) will walk participants through the planning and design process for a small or large, new or old landscape using xeriscape ideas.  On January 25: Certified landscape architects and designers Dean Hernandez, Rob King, Staci Page, Mark Spencer and Sharon Browder will help develop and fine tune your landscape designs. Let the professionals help you!
  • # 3: Nativars– the New Native Plants, February 15 from 10 AM-3 PM. This is an in depth, day-long workshop targeting landscape professionals and dedicated gardeners.  It will examine past obstacles to using native plants, introduce participants to newly available and specially selected native plants known as nativars.  Participants will learn how to design a palette for season long color utilizing appropriate plant choice and appropriate maintenance techniques to ensure success.   $35 for SBG members/ $40 for nonmembers.
  • #4: DYI Steps for Irrigation Efficiency, Thursday, April 26, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Hailey City Hall
  • #5: Nativars in the Home Landscape, Friday, June 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This class is designed for the homeowner who wants to learn more about nativars – newly available native plants with particularly attractive characteristics – and how to incorporate them into their landscape. Steven Paulson, owner of Native Roots, LLC explain their benefits, what species are available and how they help homeowners address issues like water conservation and pollinator decline while enhancing the beauty of their home garden.  Cost for the evening class is $10 SBG members/$12 nonmember.

For more information and to register, contact Wood River Land Trust at (208) 788-3947 or the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at (208) 726-9358. SBG is located at 11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum.

Resilient Landscapes #5: Nativars in the Home Landscape

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The Cities of Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Bellevue, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Wood River Land Trust are hosting a 6-part Resilient Landscapes for Resilient Communities series in January-June, 2018. Professionals will share their expertise on how to create beautiful landscapes using cultivated and native plants while promoting water conservation in the landscape. These Water-Wise sessions qualify for the Hailey Water Smarty rebate program.

The fifth class in this exciting 6 part series, Nativars in the Home Landscape, will be held Friday, June 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  The class is designed for homeowners who want to learn more about nativars, newly available native plants, and how to incorporate them into their landscape. Steven Paulson, owner of Native Roots, LLC in Twin Falls, will begin with a discussion of Dr. Steve Love, University of Idaho scientist, who has made it his life’s work to develop selected native plants called nativars to enhance their usefulness in the home landscape. Then he will explain the benefits of nativars, what species are available and how they help homeowners address issues like water conservation and pollinator decline while enhancing the beauty of home gardens. This evening class runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  A field trip to a nativar garden will be offered the following day Saturday, June 9.  Cost for the evening class is $10 SBG members/$12 nonmember. Click here to register; preregistration encouraged.

Other classes in the series include:

  • # 1 & 2: Design Your Own Resilient Landscape, January 18 and 25, 6:30-8:00 PM at Hailey City Hall. On January 18: Sharon Browder (Xeriscape designer) will walk participants through the planning and design process for a small or large, new or old landscape using xeriscape ideas.  On January 25: Certified landscape architects and designers Dean Hernandez, Rob King, Staci Page, Mark Spencer and Sharon Browder will help develop and fine tune your landscape designs. Let the professionals help you!
  • # 3: Nativars– the New Native Plants, February 15 from 10 AM-3 PM. This is an in depth, day-long workshop targeting landscape professionals and dedicated gardeners.  It will examine past obstacles to using native plants, introduce participants to newly available and specially selected native plants known as nativars.  Participants will learn how to design a palette for season long color utilizing appropriate plant choice and appropriate maintenance techniques to ensure success.   $35 for SBG members/ $40 for nonmembers.
  • # 4: DYI Steps for Irrigation Efficiency, Thursday, April 26, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Hailey City Hall
  • # 6: Field Tour of a Nativar Garden, Saturday, June 9 from 10 AM – 2 PM.  Participants will journey to Native Roots, LLC, a nativar nursery in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Dr. Steve Love, University of Idaho scientist, will discuss his life’s work developing selected native plants called nativars to enhance their usefulness in the home landscape.  Native Roots owner Steve Paulsen will lead a tour of the site, introducing participants to nativars available now and explain their many uses and benefits. Watering requirement, soil and planting info and/or maintenance will be addressed

For more information and to register, contact Wood River Land Trust at (208) 788-3947 or the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at (208) 726-9358.

Astronomy in the Garden – Shoot the night sky with cameras or cell phones

waxing cresent moon small CROPPED

Dr. Tim Frazier, our favorite astronomy buff and president of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will offer 4 nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018.

Participants will start inside at 7:00 pm with a featured lecture (see schedule below). Then, weather permitting, we’ll move outside at 8:00 pm to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes, if you have them!  Space is limited to just 20 participants and payment will confirm your spot.  Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your slot.

Cost (register online here)

  • Per evening: $10 Sawtooth Botanical Garden members/ $12 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.
  • For the series: $35 for SBG members/ $43 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.

Schedule

  • January 23, Tuesday – 7 pm: Finding your way with telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes.  8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • May 22, Tuesday – 7 pm: Shoot the night sky with your camera or cell phone. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • August 12, Sunday – 7 pm: Family night at Croy Canyon; Perseid meteor shower will be a highlight.  In case of bad weather, we’ll relocate to SBG and feature some cool astronomy activities for kids. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • November 13,  Tuesday – 7 pm: The horse, the maiden and the queen – winter constellations. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.