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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

 

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.

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.

Images by Laura Vogel

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.

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

Create a Holiday Wreath – 12/4 or 12/5

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Create a fabulous holiday wreath or table centerpiece using conifer boughs, twigs, moss, ribbons, ornaments (yours or ours) and your imagination! This year we’re offering 2 nights but this popular class fills quickly.  Pick either Monday or Tuesday night and call to pay and reserve your spot!  When registering you’ll choose the size of your door wreath or table centerpiece form.
Date/Time: Pick either Monday, December 4th or Tuesday, December 5th.  Hours are 6:00 – 7:30 PM each night.
Cost:  $20 SBG members/ $24 nonmembers; fee covers materials.
Register: Spots are limited!  Preregistration is required.  Call 208-726-9358 or email kristin@sbgarden.org.

Astronomy at the Garden – NEW DATE!

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Join Tim Frazier, current president of the  Magic Valley Astronomical Society, for an evening of early winter star gazing with “a few” of his favorite telescopes.

The evening begins at the Visitor’s Center at 7:00 pm with a basic orientation to the night sky. Then we’ll move outside to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects, early winter constellations and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director, will help participants identify constellations visible with the naked eye plus offer insights about their lore.

Dress warmly for the weather and bring binoculars, if you have them!  

Preregistration is required and space is limited to just 20 participants. Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your spot.

Date: Saturday, November 18  (** NOTE: because of bad weather this class was canceled from 11/16)

Time: 7-9 PM

Location: Sawtooth Botanical Garden Visitor Center

Cost: SBG members – $10; Nonmembers – $12; Children under 16 – Free

Astronomy in the Garden – POSTPONED TO Saturday,11/18

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Join Tim Frazier, current president of the  Magic Valley Astronomical Society, for an evening of early winter star gazing with “a few” of his favorite telescopes.

The evening begins at the Visitor’s Center at 7:00 pm with a basic orientation to the night sky. Then we’ll move outside to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects, early winter constellations and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director, will help participants identify constellations visible with the naked eye plus offer insights about their lore.

Dress warmly for the weather and bring binoculars, if you have them!  

Preregistration is required and space is limited to just 20 participants. Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your spot.

Date: Thursday, November 16  (** New date because of bad weather is Saturday, November 18)

Time: 7-9 PM

Location: Sawtooth Botanical Garden Visitor Center

Cost: SBG members – $10; Nonmembers – $12; Children under 16 – Free

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.