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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.

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 

Wildflower Walks – One (heck of a) Big Tree

By some miracle a few huge trees in our area have survived myriad natural and human assaults – wildfire, drought, insects, logging and more. For John Shelley, retired US Forest Service range specialist, it’s become a personal quest to discover all of them, like the Douglas-fir in image.  This year we will visit perhaps the largest Ponderosa Pine in our area. We’ll bring forestry instruments and measure its height, width and crown, and then submit our findings to the Idaho Big Tree Program. Maybe we’ll find a winner!

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 and INPS 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: via Dollarhide Road

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

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 5:00 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

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

Discovery Club – Wednesdays 6/13-8/15

DISCOVERY CLUB

Similar to story hour at libraries, Discovery Club is perfect summer activity for youth 4 to 8 years old. The hour-long programs are free and require no pre-registration to participate. Each session features engaging stories, fun activities and Garden explorations around an environmentally related theme, including Worms!, Insects in the Stream, Our 5 Senses, Favorite Flowers, Fruits and Seeds, Leaves in Autumn, The World of Roots and more!

Discovery Club will be offered each Wednesday from 10-11 AM June 15-August 15.

Wildflower Walks – Apollo Creek

If exploring beautiful meadows filled with abundant wildflowers is your idea of a great way to spend a Saturday, this wildflower walk is for you! Botanist Lisa Horton and friends expect to see 30-40 species of  midsummer bloomers, including columbine, mountain bluebell, sego lily, penstemon, sorrel, paintbrush, lupine, wild onion 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 and INPS 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: Apollo Creek

Difficulty: Easy to moderate. This 4-5 mile (round trip) hike starts at 7,400′ elevation; we’ll turn around at about 8,500′

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.

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.

Wildflower Walks: Early Wood River Valley Wildflowers, part 2

From the deserts to the high mountains, Central Idaho abounds in wildflowers from spring through fall. But for the lower elevations of the Wood River Valley around Ketchum, June is the month you don’t want to miss.  SBG and the Idaho Native Plant Society are taking advantage of the floral abundance by scheduling 2 early season wildflower walks – June 13 and and June 27, both Wednesdays, and both run from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Exact locations will be a bit of a surprise as we’ll wait and see which areas are at their peak.  Local wildflower enthusiasts Jeanne Cassell and Lisa Horton will lead the walks.

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 (SBG) 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: Peak wildflower areas around Ketchum

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 9:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 1:30 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

Geology of the Wood River Valley – field trip 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.