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Wildflower Walk – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh

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Join local botanist Carol Blackburn, naturalist Ann Christensen and birding experts for the spectacular blue camas lilies of Centennial Marsh. We’ll watch raptors and migrating shorebirds, so bring binoculars if you have them. We’ll also stop to discuss the causes and impacts of the Bannock War between Shoshoni-Bannock tribes and white settlers. This is the 1st of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s (SBG) popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions. But please leave Fido at home. Carpooling is encouraged; if carpooling, consider helping your driver pay for gas. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome.

Destination: Camas Prairie and Centennial Marsh

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum) or 9:30 AM at Timmerman Hill rest stop (blinking light, 9 miles south of Bellevue on Highway 75) or 10:15 AM at the Fairfield Ranger District office in Fairfield.

Return Time: by 3:00 PM

 

Native Pollinator and Native Plant Connections

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Celebrate the Equinox by joining the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for a free talk and garden exploration with Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Biologist Ross Winton.  Winton, a trained entomologist in the IDFG’s Wildlife Diversity Program, will explore the many fascinating connections between native pollinating insects and native plants. The talk will be Thursday, September 21, 2017; 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Participants will explore the Sawtooth Botanical Garden on foot while learning to identify native bumble bees and solitary bees, and might even see a monarch butterfly!  Winton will discuss unique Central Idaho species that live nowhere else in the world and have unique relationships with native plants as well as offer good sources for pollinator friendly native plants and seeds.

For more information 208-726-9358. The talk will be held at SBG, 11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum. Idaho.

Wildflower Walks – Three Big Trees

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For the last trip of our summer Wildflower Walk series, we’ll become ‘big tree hunters’ and visit 3 of the largest trees in Central Idaho (including the one above)! These trees are impressive!  We’ll take measurements which will then be submitted to the Idaho Big Tree Program run by University of Idaho. Maybe we’ll have a winner, or two!

Called the superstars of their species, champion big trees have been recognized by American Forests Champion Trees program since 1940. With more than 700 species in the Champion Trees National Register, these big trees are found in the fields, forests, rangelands, and urban parks and yards of America. Idaho has participated in the Champion Trees program since the mid-1960s, with a shared mission of locating, measuring, and recognizing the largest individual tree of each species.

Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes suitable for getting wet, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions, but please leave Fido at home. Carpooling will be encouraged.

Destination: Various

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate; one site is 200 yards over uneven and shrubby terrain

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden, 4 miles south of Ketchum

Return Time: by 3:00 PM

Field Trip Leaders:  John Shelly (retired Forest Service land manager and INPS chapter president), Lisa Horton (botanist and INPS chapter vice-president) and Kristin Fletcher (Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director).

Watercolor Explorations – Flowers

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Watercolor Explorations – 3 Days, 3 Subjects

Nationally recognized botanical artist and teacher Laura Vogel returns to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for a series of four, intimate 1-day workshops August 19 and 22-24.  Check our calendar for detailed information about each workshop, including Watercolor Techniques offered Saturday, August 19.

A 3-part Watercolor Explorations series will be held Tuesday-Thursday, August 22, 23 and 24.  Enjoy one, two or all three days of this hands on series and learn botanical watercolor techniques.  Each day we will work on the subject listed below. Photographic reference material and, when possible, specimens will be made available.  All levels are welcome.  No previous drawing or painting experience required.  Some supplies will be provided by the instructor.

Watercolor Explorations – Flowers, the third of the series, will be held Thursday, August 24.  Suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refine their techniques, it will be held at the Garden from 10 AM – 3:30 PM.

Day 1: Leaves, 8/22

Day 2: Branches, 8/23

Day 3: Flowers, 8/24

Cost: Flowers: $125 SBG member/$150 nonmember. Sign up for all three workshops in the Watercolor Explorations series for only $300. Preregistration required; payment reserves your spot.

Class limit: 12 students

Instructor: Laura Vogel is an exceptional botanical artist and widely recognized for her ability to teach students of all abilities.  She has been an instructor for the New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art & Illustration Program for 21 years.  Ms Vogel received her BA with a major in painting and minor in ceramics. Her interest in plants and art led her to in depth studies in botany at William Paterson University and plant illustration at the New York Botanical Garden. She worked as a freelance botanical illustrator for Dr. Noel Holmgren at NYBG, illustrating over 1300 new drawings for The Illustrated Companion to Gleason & Cronquist’s Vascular Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. In 1998, the Illustrated Companion was awarded Top Bioscience Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers.

Watercolor Explorations – Branches

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Watercolor Explorations – 3 Days, 3 Subjects

Nationally recognized botanical artist and teacher Laura Vogel returns to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for a series of four, intimate 1-day workshops August 19 and 22-24.  Check our calendar for detailed information about each workshop, including Watercolor Techniques offered Saturday, August 19.

A 3-part Watercolor Explorations series will be held Tuesday-Thursday, August 22, 23 and 24.  Enjoy one, two or all three days in this hands series and learn botanical watercolor techniques.  Each day we will work on the subject listed below. Photographic reference material and, when possible, specimens will be made available.  All levels are welcome.  No previous drawing or painting experience required.  Some supplies will be provided by the instructor.

Watercolor Explorations – Branches, the second of the series, will be held Wednesday, August 23.  Suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refine their techniques, it will be held at the Garden from 10 AM – 3:30 PM.

Day 1: Leaves, 8/22

Day 2: Branches, 8/23

Day 3: Flowers, 8/24

Cost: Branches: $125 SBG member/$150 nonmember. Sign up for all three workshops in the Watercolor Explorations series for only $300. Preregistration required; payment reserves your spot.

Class limit: 12 students

Instructor: Laura Vogel is an exceptional botanical artist and widely recognized for her ability to teach students of all abilities.  She has been an instructor for the New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art & Illustration Program for 21 years.  Ms Vogel received her BA with a major in painting and minor in ceramics. Her interest in plants and art led her to in depth studies in botany at William Paterson University and plant illustration at the New York Botanical Garden. She worked as a freelance botanical illustrator for Dr. Noel Holmgren at NYBG, illustrating over 1300 new drawings for The Illustrated Companion to Gleason & Cronquist’s Vascular Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. In 1998, the Illustrated Companion was awarded Top Bioscience Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers.

Watercolor Explorations – Leaves

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Watercolor Explorations – 3 Days, 3 Subjects

Nationally recognized botanical artist and teacher Laura Vogel returns to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for a series of four, intimate 1-day workshops August 19 and 22-24.  Check our calendar for detailed information about each workshop, including Watercolor Techniques offered Saturday, August 19.

A 3-part Watercolor Explorations series will be held Tuesday-Thursday, August 22, 23 and 24.  Enjoy one, two or all three days of this hands series and learn botanical watercolor techniques.  Each day we will work on the subject listed below. Photographic reference material and, when possible, specimens will be made available.  All levels are welcome.  No previous drawing or painting experience required.  Some supplies will be provided by the instructor.

Watercolor Explorations – Flowers, the third of the series, will be held Thursday, August 24.  Suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refine their techniques, it will be held at the Garden from 10 AM – 3:30 PM.

Day 1: Leaves, 8/22

Day 2: Branches, 8/23

Day 3: Flowers, 8/24

Cost: Leaves: $125 for SBG member/$150 nonmember. Sign up for all three workshops in the Watercolor Explorations series for only $300. Preregistration required; payment reserves your spot.

Class limit: 12 students

Instructor: Laura Vogel is an exceptional botanical artist and widely recognized for her ability to teach students of all abilities. She has been an instructor for the New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art & Illustration Program for 21 years.  Ms Vogel received her BA with a major in painting and minor in ceramics. Her interest in plants and art led her to in depth studies in botany at William Paterson University and plant illustration at the New York Botanical Garden. She worked as a freelance botanical illustrator for Dr. Noel Holmgren at NYBG, illustrating over 1300 new drawings for The Illustrated Companion to Gleason & Cronquist’s Vascular Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. In 1998, the Illustrated Companion was awarded Top Bioscience Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers.

Watercolor Techniques

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Nationally recognized botanical artist and teacher Laura Vogel returns to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for four intimate, 1-day workshops August 19 and 22-24. Check our calendar for detailed information about each workshop.

Watercolor Techniques will be held Saturday, August 19.  Suitable for both beginners and those who wish to refine their techniques, it will be held at the Garden from 10 AM – 4 PM.  Then perhaps you’d like to dive into 3 subjects in 3 days during the Watercolor Explorations series Tuesday-Thursday, August 22, 23 and 24.  Enjoy one, two, three or all four days of hands on watercolor workshops and learn botanical watercolor techniques.

Cost: Techniques: $90 for SBG member/$100 nonmember. Preregistration required; payment reserves your spot.

Class limit: 12 students

Instructor: Laura Vogel is an exceptional botanical artist and widely recognized for her ability to teach students of all abilities.  She has been an instructor for the New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art & Illustration Program for 21 years.

Ms Vogel received her BA with a major in painting and minor in ceramics. Her interest in plants and art led her to in depth studies in botany at William Paterson University and plant illustration at the New York Botanical Garden. She worked as a freelance botanical illustrator for Dr. Noel Holmgren at NYBG, illustrating over 1300 new drawings for The Illustrated Companion to Gleason & Cronquist’s Vascular Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. In 1998, the Illustrated Companion was awarded Top Bioscience Book of the Year by the Association of American Publishers.

 

Wildflower Walks – Exploring Trail Creek Summit

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As the valleys heat up in mid summer, we head to the high country for the 4th in a series of monthly Wildflower Walks. Trail Creek Road (pictured in image) is a rough, mostly 2 lane gravel road that leads to some spectacular sites. After topping the 7,900′ summit, we’ll take a 1/2 mile hike (easy-moderate, includes a stream crossing) to visit Big Falls, prowl around fascinating beaver ponds and explore nearby high mountain meadows. Hosted in partnership with the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes suitable for getting wet, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions, but please leave Fido at home. Carpooling will be encouraged.

Destination: Trail Creek Summit area

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate; uneven terrain, may be wet in areas

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden, 4 miles south of Ketchum

Return Time: by 3:00 PM

Field Trip Leaders:  John Shelly (retired Forest Service land manager and INPS chapter president), Lisa Horton (botanist and INPS chapter vice-president) and Kristin Fletcher (Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director).

‘Bonus’ Wildflower Walk – Apollo Creek

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Summer has been flying by all too fast….the wildflowers are great….and it’s time for a “bonus” wildflower walk. Experienced wildflower guide Jeanne Cassell will lead us to Apollo Creek, a place she often goes this time of year. There are usually lots of flowers there because of the higher altitude. Other members of the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society will also be present on the hike.

The hike is rated moderate-advanced because of the 6 miles round trip and gradual 1500 feet elevation gain, from 7,500′ to near 9,000′. This is not a loop trail, so if you get tired, you can wait until the rest of the group comes back. This is more of a hike than a walk.

The road is rough and parking is limited at the trail head, so we will plan to carpool in the most worthy vehicles. If carpooling, consider helping your driver pay for gas.

This walk is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. These walks are hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

SBG walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, hat and lunch.  Call if you have questions but please leave Fido at home.  Donations/memberships to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and the local chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society are welcome.

Destination: Apollo Creek off Baker Creek Road north of Ketchum

Difficulty: Moderate-advanced; 6 mile round trip; 1500 feet elevation gain from 7,500 to near 9,000′

Meeting Location & Time: Meet Friday, August 4 at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum)

Return Time: About 4-5 pm.

Cost: Free

For further information, visit www.sbgarden.org or call 726-9358

Daisy Doodles – Art in the Garden

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Tell a story…Explore the Garden…Journal…Create a Book…Bind & Glue…Paint….Sketch…Observe!

Daisy Doodles is a fun, 2-day exploration of book making, journaling and art under the mentorship a local artist. Children will weave stories by creating hand-made books inspired by the garden’s flowers, trees and creek. Materials and snacks are provided.  Suitable for ages 8-10 for a maximum of 10 children.

Dates:  July 10-11, Monday & Tuesday, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Instructor:  Kate O’Brien, art teacher at Bellevue Elementary School.

Cost: $25