Painting the Landscape in Watercolor with Stan Miller


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.

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

STE(A)M in the Forest – Project Learning Tree workshop for educators


STE(A)M = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + Art!

If you’re an educator you’ll want to sign up for Focus on STE(A)M in the Forest, a professional development workshop offered October 27-28 at SBG. We’re pleased to partner with nationally recognized Project Learning Tree and local nonprofits Environmental Resource Center, Blaine County 4-H and Sawtooth National Recreation Area to offer this outstanding workshop.  It’s perfect for classroom teachers, non-formal educators, interested parents and other adults who work with children, too!

At this workshop, we’ll investigate Idaho’s trees, forests and forest products in a STEAM context – Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math.  We’ll do hands-on inquiry activities from Project Learning Tree and other programs, indoors and out. Identify and measure trees. Make your own paper and test paper qualities. You’ll leave eager and equipped with abundant resources to explore these topics and activities with your students. Plus, you’ll enjoy a beautiful fall weekend with your colleagues!

Registration details below.  Questions: Michelle –, 208-334-4061 – or Kristin –, or 208-726-9358.

Date & Time

  • Friday, October 27 – 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 28 – 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM


  • $40 for workshop; cost for 1 credit CEU varies by granting university.


  • To guarantee your place, register and pay online at or click Focus on STEAM – Ketchum flyer to print off a registration form.  Send form with the $40 workshop fee to PLT, 350 N 9th St., #102, Boise ID, 83702. (Fee refunded if you cancel at least one week before the workshop; online registrants who cancel forfeit a $5 handling fee.) We will send you a memo with workshop details.  Note: An optional university credit is offered at your choice of BSU or NNU, $60 payable to the university.

PLT Instructor

  • Michelle Youngquist/Idaho PLT coordinator and certified assistant. All PLT workshops have great activities that help educators accomplish curricular goals in meaningful ways, and are offered for professional education credit (for recertification).  There is no prerequisite for these workshops, but we highly recommend taking the General PLT workshop early in your PLT “career.” You’ll want to take them all!


Guided Garden Tours End October 8

The Garden of Inifinite Compassion  From the Alpine Garden


SBG Guided Tours End for Season

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden will celebrate the end of summer and the Trailing of the Sheep Festival with free guided tours of its most popular gardens. Two daily tours will be offered Wednesday through Sunday, October 4-8.  Morning tours highlight the Garden of Infinite Compassion which features a rare Tibetan prayer wheel constructed at the Dalai Lama’s monastery in India. Afternoon tours start feature the Garden of the Five Senses, Montane Garden and perennial beds.

  • Wednesday, October 4: 10-11 AM with SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher; 4-5 PM with SBG Garden Manager Kathy Noble.
  • Thursday, October 5: 10-11 AM with SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher; 4-5 PM with SBG Garden Manager Kathy Noble.
  • Friday, October 6: 10-11 AM with Buddhist teacher Mary Ann Chubb; 4-5 PM with SBG Garden Manager Kathy Noble.
  • Saturday, October 7: 10-11 AM with SBG Executive Director Kat Vanden Heuvel; 4-5 PM with local garden expert Helen Stone.
  • Sunday, October 8: 10-11 AM with Buddhist teacher Mary Ann Chubb; 4-5 PM with SBG Garden Assistant Susan Sheffield.

SBG is located at 11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum.


Roots to Seeds

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The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is offering “Roots to Seeds,” a great end of the summer children’s workshop on Saturday, September 16. During this fun 3-hour class children ages 8-10 will explore the plant world from the ground up through stories, games and hands-in-the-dirt activities. Cost is just $25 per student and includes materials and snacks. Advance registration required. Instructor: SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher.

Instructor: SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher

Date: Saturday, September 16

Time9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: $25, includes materials and snacks; advance registration required

Holiday Treats for the Birds


Holiday Treats for the Birds

Bring the kids to this family friendly workshop for the birds Saturday, December 17, 10:00-noon. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director and  long time birder, will read a heartwarming story about a family who makes holiday treats for wildlife.  Then parents & kids will create 2 seed and fruit bird feeders to take home.

Cost: $20 for 1 adult and 1 child. Each additional child is $7. No more than 2 children per adult. Space is limited.  Preregistration is required.  Call 726-9358 to register.

The Language of Watercolor with Don Andrews – FULL

Don Andrews Watercolor

We are delighted to host nationally acclaimed watercolorist Don Andrews for a summer workshop at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden July 19-21 (Tuesday-Thursday). The workshop will be held from 10 AM – 3 PM each day.

“Through the language of watercolor, artists explore the world around them in fresh, exciting and personal ways. My landscape workshops are geared to a better understanding of that personal exploration,” Don wrote in an email.

Each day, he will stress a major visual concern; light, color, granulation, organizing nature and utilizing negative space are just a few subjects to be addressed.  Workshops aren’t geared to any specific level of achievement; rather artists at all levels will benefit from a more intimate understanding of the painting possibilities available in the exciting world of landscape painting. This workshop will be packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help, personal and group critiques.

Cost: $275

Class Limit: 12 participants – FULL

Instructor: Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and a resident of Fairhope, Alabama.  An active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society, his paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, including three awards from the American Watercolor Society.

Don has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe for over 30 years.

He is the author of the books, “Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor,” “Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor,” and “Rough Sketches, Short Stories of a Traveling Artist,” as well as twelve DVDs on watercolor painting. Don is featured in the Watson Guptill publication “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor” and has had numerous feature articles published in American Artist Watercolor magazine. Learn more about his work at