From Graphite to Color

Lotus graphite   Lotus graphite and color

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

beech leaf-LVogel

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

Wildflower Walks: 4th of July Lake

On this relatively short, high elevation hike to 4th of July Lake in the White Cloud Mountains, participants will truly experience Idaho’s spectacular mountain flora.  Expect to see 30 species of  wildflowers, including sego lily, penstemons, marsh marigold, elephant head, bistort, shooting star, mountain gentian, and more.

Wildflower 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 to help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome.

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

Destination: 4th of July Lake

Difficulty: Easy to moderate. This 5 mile (round trip), high elevation hike starts at 8,400′ elevation. The lake sits at 9,400′ elevation.

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

Return Time: by 4:00 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester

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.


** 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.

Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Project

Bumble Bee - Nevada

In recent years, much attention has been paid to the importance of pollinators and their contribution to the agricultural economy, in large part because of widespread losses of bees. The causes of these declines are not fully understood and we know very little about the current status of many of our native Idaho bumble bees like the Nevada bumble bee above.

Idaho, Oregon and Washington are home to nearly 30 species of bumble bees. Unfortunately, several of them face an uncertain future. The western bumble bee has declined dramatically, especially in the western portion of its range, and species like Morrison’s bumble bee and the Suckley cuckoo bumble bee appear to be in decline.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Xerces Society have partnered to help complete that story and to better understand the status of our native bumble bees. With a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Project Director Ross Winton (Idaho Department of Fish and Game) is embarking on an ambitious 3-year project to better understand native bees in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Part of the project is to recruit an army of trained volunteers armed with cameras and vials. According to Winton, “These citizen scientists can cover large areas quickly, collect quality scientific data, and contribute to the global understanding of bumble bee distributions.”

What: Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Project

Speaker: Ross Winton, Regional Wildlife Biologist for the Wildlife Diversity Program, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

When: Thursday, March 15; 7:00 -8:30 PM

Cost: $10 SBG members and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.