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Holiday Wreath Making – Wednesday, December 5

It’s a holiday tradition! Grab your friends or family and head to the Garden to create a fabulous wreath or table centerpiece.  We’ll have boughs, twigs, moss, ribbons and ornaments on hand . . . just bring your imagination!  Or bring special decorations from home to add an even more personal touch.  We’ll offer a ribbon tying demonstration each night, too.  Hot apple cider will be available.

You’ll choose the size of your door wreath or table centerpiece – either a metal form or three 4″ grapevine forms.

This year wreath making will be offered 3 nights – December 3, 4 or 5.  But even with so many options, this popular class fills quickly.  Pick your night and sign up soon!

Cost for each night is $25 for SBG members and $28 for nonmembers. Spots are limited and preregistration with payment is required.  Click here to reserve your spots on Wednesday, December 5.

Holiday Wreath Making – Monday, December 3

It’s a holiday tradition! Grab your friends or family and head to the Garden and create a fabulous wreath or table centerpiece.  We’ll have boughs, twigs, moss, ribbons and ornaments on hand . . . just bring your imagination!  Or bring special decorations from home to add an even more personal touch.  We’ll offer a ribbon tying demonstration each night, too.  Hot apple cider will be available.

You’ll choose the size of your door wreath or table centerpiece when registering – either a metal form or three 4″ grapevine forms.

This year wreath making will be offered 3 nights – December 3, 4 or 5.  But even with so many options, this popular class fills quickly.  Pick your night and sign up soon!

Cost for each night is $25 for SBG members and $28 for nonmembers. Spots are limited and preregistration with payment is required.  Click here to reserve your spots on Monday, December 3.

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, has generously offered to teach 4 nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018.  “The Horse, the Maiden and the Queen” on November 13th brings this popular series to a close.

Participants will start inside at 7:00 pm with the featured lecture. Then, weather permitting, we’ll move outside at 8:00 pm to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects and other celestial wonders.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes, if you have them!  Space is limited and payment will confirm your spot.  Cost is $10 for SBG members and $12 for nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.  Click here to register.

Idaho Paleobotany with Dr. Bill Rember

We regret to announce this class has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled in the near future. We will contact those who have registered for a full refund.

 

University of Idaho’s Dr. Bill Rember knows a thing or two about fossils, especially the Clarkia Flora of northern Idaho. First discovered in 1972 during construction of a snowmobile racetrack, the fossils are preserved in Miocene lake sediments formed about 15,000,000 years ago. The area has remained tectonically stable and leaves often show their original fall colors!  Come learn more about the research conducted at this fascinating site.

Bill Rember, affiliate professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Idaho, is director of UI’s Tertiary Research Center. He has been unearthing and studying the Clarkia fossil flora of northern Idaho for decades.

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm; Thursday, October 25, 2018

Location: SBG Visitor Center

Cost: $15 SBG members and $18 nonmembers.

Images of Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood, top) and Populus (Cottonwood, bottom) courtesy of the Tertiary Research Center of the University of Idaho 

From Graphite to Color

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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. Call 208-726-9358 to register.

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.

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

Watercolor Weekend

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Laura Vogel, master watercolor instructor from the New York Botanical Garden, will return to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden to teach “Watercolor Weekend” on August 25-26.  Registration is now open.

This intimate workshop is excellent for beginners as well as for more experienced artists who wish to refine their skills. Participants will practice watercolor techniques on day one and then apply those techniques using leaf images on day two.

A nationally recognized artist and popular teacher, Laura Vogel has taught at the New York Botanical Garden for 23 years. Vogel will also teach ‘From Graphite to Color’ on August 29-30, 2019 at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden.

The class will fill quickly and preregistration is required.

Cost: $195 SBG members/$225 nonmembers. Workshop fills quickly and preregistration required; payment reserves your spot. Click here to register.

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 23 years. Vogel will also teach ‘From Graphite to Color’ August 29-30 at SBG.

Leaf image by Laura Vogel

Astronomy in the Garden – Family Night at Croy Canyon, FULL

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.

Family Night at Croy Canyon will be held August 12, starting at 9:00 PM.  The Perseid meteor shower will be the evening’s highlight; participants will also enjoy “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye.  In case of bad weather, we’ll relocate the event indoors and feature cool astronomy activities for kids.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes, if you have them!  Space is limited to just 30 participants and preregistration and payment is required.  Call 208-726-9358 confirm your spot.

Cost (register online here) Sorry, FULL

  • $10 Sawtooth Botanical Garden members/ $12 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 – 9 pmFamily 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.