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Astronomy in the Garden – The horse, the maiden and the queen

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Dr. Tim Frazier, our favorite astronomy buff and president of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will offer 4 nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018.

Participants will start inside at 7:00 pm with a featured lecture (see schedule below). Then, weather permitting, we’ll move outside at 8:00 pm to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes, if you have them!  Space is limited to just 20 participants and payment will confirm your spot.  Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your slot.

Cost (register online here)

  • Per evening: $10 Sawtooth Botanical Garden members/ $12 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.
  • For the series: $35 for SBG members/ $43 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.

Schedule

  • January 23, Tuesday – 7 pm: Finding your way with telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes.  8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • May 22, Tuesday – 7 pm: Shoot the night sky with your camera or cell phone. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • August 12, Sunday – 7 pm: Family night at Croy Canyon; Perseid meteor shower will be a highlight.  In case of bad weather, we’ll relocate to SBG and feature some cool astronomy activities for kids. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • November 13,  Tuesday – 7 pm: The horse, the maiden and the queen – winter constellations. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.

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

Astronomy in the Garden – Family Night at Croy Canyon

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Dr. Tim Frazier, our favorite astronomy buff and president of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will offer 4 nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018.

Participants will start inside at 7:00 pm with a featured lecture (see schedule below). Then, weather permitting, we’ll move outside at 8:00 pm to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes, if you have them!  Space is limited to just 20 participants and payment will confirm your spot.  Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your space.

Cost (register online here)

  • Per evening: $10 Sawtooth Botanical Garden members/ $12 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.
  • For the series: $35 for SBG members/ $43 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.

Schedule

  • January 23, Tuesday – 7 pm: Finding your way with telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes.  8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • May 22, Tuesday – 7 pm: Shoot the night sky with your camera or cell phone. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • August 12, Sunday – 7 pm: Family night at Croy Canyon; Perseid meteor shower will be a highlight.  In case of bad weather, we’ll relocate to SBG and feature some cool astronomy activities for kids. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • November 13,  Tuesday – 7 pm: The horse, the maiden and the queen – winter constellations. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.

Painting the Landscape in Watercolor with Stan Miller

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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 http://stanmiller.net/.

Jr. Master Gardener Series

Do you know kids who like gardening?  Then, sign them up for the Junior Master Gardener camp at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden!  JMG engages children in novel, hands-on group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment and cultivate the mind.

Kids will enjoy individual and group activities, help prepare ethnic lunches, participate in fun educational games, learn life skills plus leave with a JMG Certification!

Instructors: Kathi Kimball (University of Idaho Blaine County Extension 4-H Program) and Kristin Fletcher (Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director)

Ages: 4th – 8th grade

Cost: $25, advance registration only

Register: Contact Kathi Kimball at 208-788-5585 or Kristin Fletcher at 208-726-9358 or click here.

 

Resilient Landscapes #6: Field Tour of a Nativar Garden

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The Cities of Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Bellevue, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Wood River Land Trust are hosting a 6-part Resilient Landscapes for Resilient Communities series in January-June, 2018. Professionals will share their expertise on how to create beautiful landscapes using cultivated and native plants while promoting water conservation in the landscape. These Water-Wise sessions qualify for the Hailey Water Smarty rebate program.

The sixth and final class of the series is a Field Tour of a Nativar Garden held on Saturday, June 9 from 10 AM – 2 PM.  Participants will journey to Native Roots, LLC, a nativar nursery in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Dr. Steve Love, University of Idaho scientist, will discuss his life’s work developing selected native plants called nativars to enhance their usefulness in the home landscape. Steve Paulsen, owner of Native Roots, will lead a tour of the site, introducing participants to nativars available now and explaining their many uses and benefits. Watering requirement, soil and planting info and/or maintenance will be addressed

Other classes in the series include:

  • #1 & 2: Design Your Own Resilient Landscape, January 18 and 25, 6:30-8:00 PM at Hailey City Hall. On January 18: Sharon Browder (Xeriscape designer) will walk participants through the planning and design process for a small or large, new or old landscape using xeriscape ideas.  On January 25: Certified landscape architects and designers Dean Hernandez, Rob King, Staci Page, Mark Spencer and Sharon Browder will help develop and fine tune your landscape designs. Let the professionals help you!
  • # 3: Nativars– the New Native Plants, February 15 from 10 AM-3 PM. This is an in depth, day-long workshop targeting landscape professionals and dedicated gardeners.  It will examine past obstacles to using native plants, introduce participants to newly available and specially selected native plants known as nativars.  Participants will learn how to design a palette for season long color utilizing appropriate plant choice and appropriate maintenance techniques to ensure success.   $35 for SBG members/ $40 for nonmembers.
  • #4: DYI Steps for Irrigation Efficiency, Thursday, April 26, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Hailey City Hall
  • #5: Nativars in the Home Landscape, Friday, June 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This class is designed for the homeowner who wants to learn more about nativars – newly available native plants with particularly attractive characteristics – and how to incorporate them into their landscape. Steven Paulson, owner of Native Roots, LLC explain their benefits, what species are available and how they help homeowners address issues like water conservation and pollinator decline while enhancing the beauty of their home garden.  Cost for the evening class is $10 SBG members/$12 nonmember.

For more information and to register, contact Wood River Land Trust at (208) 788-3947 or the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at (208) 726-9358.

Resilient Landscapes #5: Nativars in the Home Landscape

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The Cities of Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Bellevue, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Wood River Land Trust are hosting a 6-part Resilient Landscapes for Resilient Communities series in January-June, 2018. Professionals will share their expertise on how to create beautiful landscapes using cultivated and native plants while promoting water conservation in the landscape. These Water-Wise sessions qualify for the Hailey Water Smarty rebate program.

The fifth class in this exciting 6 part series, Nativars in the Home Landscape, will be held Friday, June 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  The class is designed for homeowners who want to learn more about nativars, newly available native plants, and how to incorporate them into their landscape. Steven Paulson, owner of Native Roots, LLC in Twin Falls, will begin with a discussion of Dr. Steve Love, University of Idaho scientist, who has made it his life’s work to develop selected native plants called nativars to enhance their usefulness in the home landscape. Then he will explain the benefits of nativars, what species are available and how they help homeowners address issues like water conservation and pollinator decline while enhancing the beauty of home gardens. This evening class runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  A field trip to a nativar garden will be offered the following day Saturday, June 9.  Cost for the evening class is $10 SBG members/$12 nonmember. Click here to register; preregistration encouraged.

Other classes in the series include:

  • # 1 & 2: Design Your Own Resilient Landscape, January 18 and 25, 6:30-8:00 PM at Hailey City Hall. On January 18: Sharon Browder (Xeriscape designer) will walk participants through the planning and design process for a small or large, new or old landscape using xeriscape ideas.  On January 25: Certified landscape architects and designers Dean Hernandez, Rob King, Staci Page, Mark Spencer and Sharon Browder will help develop and fine tune your landscape designs. Let the professionals help you!
  • # 3: Nativars– the New Native Plants, February 15 from 10 AM-3 PM. This is an in depth, day-long workshop targeting landscape professionals and dedicated gardeners.  It will examine past obstacles to using native plants, introduce participants to newly available and specially selected native plants known as nativars.  Participants will learn how to design a palette for season long color utilizing appropriate plant choice and appropriate maintenance techniques to ensure success.   $35 for SBG members/ $40 for nonmembers.
  • # 4: DYI Steps for Irrigation Efficiency, Thursday, April 26, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Hailey City Hall
  • # 6: Field Tour of a Nativar Garden, Saturday, June 9 from 10 AM – 2 PM.  Participants will journey to Native Roots, LLC, a nativar nursery in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Dr. Steve Love, University of Idaho scientist, will discuss his life’s work developing selected native plants called nativars to enhance their usefulness in the home landscape.  Native Roots owner Steve Paulsen will lead a tour of the site, introducing participants to nativars available now and explain their many uses and benefits. Watering requirement, soil and planting info and/or maintenance will be addressed

For more information and to register, contact Wood River Land Trust at (208) 788-3947 or the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at (208) 726-9358.

Free Tours of the Garden of Infinite Compassion

Sawtooth Botanical Garden will again offer free guided tours of the Garden of Infinite Compassion beginning on May 12 and running through September 29.  Tours run from 10-11 AM and are suitable for all ages.  SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher or other trained interpreters will lead walks.

The Compassion Garden was created to honor the 2005 visit of the Dalai Lama to the Wood River Valley and hosts a rare Tibetan prayer wheel, one of 2 of its size in North America. The beautiful prayer wheel was built by Tibetan monks and is filled with a million hand written prayers for peace and well-being.

Designed by landscape architect and Zen teacher Martin Mosko, the many intentional features of the GIC have special meaning.  The Garden’s message of peace and love bridges all faiths. It is truly a magical and serene place. The Sawtooth Botanical Garden was honored to be asked to house this remarkable symbol of peace and compassion on behalf of our community.

SBG is located at 11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum. Details at www.sbgarden.org or call 208-726-9358.

Astronomy in the Garden – Shoot the night sky with cameras or cell phones

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Dr. Tim Frazier, our favorite astronomy buff and president of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will offer 4 nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018.

Participants will start inside at 7:00 pm with a featured lecture (see schedule below). Then, weather permitting, we’ll move outside at 8:00 pm to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes, if you have them!  Space is limited to just 20 participants and payment will confirm your spot.  Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your slot.

Cost (register online here)

  • Per evening: $10 Sawtooth Botanical Garden members/ $12 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.
  • For the series: $35 for SBG members/ $43 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.

Schedule

  • January 23, Tuesday – 7 pm: Finding your way with telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes.  8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • May 22, Tuesday – 7 pm: Shoot the night sky with your camera or cell phone. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • August 12, Sunday – 7 pm: Family night at Croy Canyon; Perseid meteor shower will be a highlight.  In case of bad weather, we’ll relocate to SBG and feature some cool astronomy activities for kids. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • November 13,  Tuesday – 7 pm: The horse, the maiden and the queen – winter constellations. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.

Bug Zoo!

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The 14th annual Bug Zoo starts with a buzz with the enormously popular Bug Zoo Festival on Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The Zoo enjoys a 2 week run, from April 21- May 3. Closed on Sundays.  This year’s theme is the Web of Life.

You’ll see old favorites like tarantulas, chameleons, geckos and snakes and more! Get up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s famous creatures, make critter crafts, do a bug scavenger hunt, play buggy games and more! Bring the kids and explore engaging displays while learning about fun, weird and sometimes incredibly helpful creepy crawlers. This year’s Bug Zoo theme TBD.

Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3.00; Children 4 and under – FREE!

Bug Zoo Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 21:  Bug Zoo Festival

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Get up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s insects and their amazing adaptations and other famous creatures, make critter crafts, do a bug scavenger hunt, play buggy games and more!  General bug viewing and self-guided activities. Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3; Children 4 and under – FREE!

Monday-Friday, April 23-27:  Scheduled School Field Trips & Public Viewing

9:00-3:00 p.m.  Experience Bug Zoo! with one of our specially trained Interpretive Educators.  This year’s theme is the Web of Life.  Act now to reserve your time slot as they fill fast! Call (208) 726-9358. Cost: Free!

3:00 -5:00 p.m.  We recommend public viewing during these hours.

Saturday, April 28:  Bug Zoo U (University) and Bugs After Hours

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Bug Zoo U is a terrific opportunity for adults and kids to go deep, learning more about these fascinating critters from storytellers, critter owners, beekeepers and more!  Stay tuned! Schedule of activities to be determined

Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3; Children 4 and under – FREE!

6:00 – 8:30 PM. Bugs After Hours is a special opportunity for 15 lucky kids ages 4-8 years old.  Drop off your kids and have a night out!  Your child will not bug you!  Instead he or she will play buggy games, do buggy activities, make buggy treats and get one on one with some of Bug Zoos coolest critters.

Cost: $20 per child

Saturday, April 28: Bugs After Hours (NEW ADDITION!)

6:00 – 8:45 p.m. Got kids who love bugs?  Just drop them off at the Garden and have a night out.  We’ll do all the rest.  Kids will have a blast playing snaky games, making buggy snacks, getting up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s most popular critters.  For FSK (Very Special Kids) only ages 5-8 years old. Just $25 SBG for members/ $30 for nonmembers. Preregistration required.

Monday-Thursday, April 30 – May 3:  Scheduled School Field Trips & Public Viewing

9:00-3:00 p.m.  Experience Bug Zoo! with one of our specially trained Adaptation Educators.  This year’s theme is the web of life.  Act now to reserve your time slot as they fill fast! Call (208) 726-9358. Cost: Free!

3:00 -5:00 p.m.  We recommend public viewing during these hours.