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Wildflower Walks – Autumn Color

Who doesn’t love the glorious colors of autumn that bring summer to a close?  Jim Rineholt, retired Sawtooth National Recreation Area forester, will lead participants to several top spots for fall color. He’ll talk about the influences that cause leaves to turn color and why leaves turn the color they do. An appropriate conclusion to this year’s successful wildflower walk series.

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: various

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 3:00 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 US Forest Service forester

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

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

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

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.

Geology of the Wood River Valley – talk 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.

Wildflower Walks – Early Wood River Valley Wildflowers, part 1

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

Resilient Landscapes #6: Field Tour of a Nativar Nursery

Native Roots PrimrosesCROPPED

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 Nursery held on Saturday, June 9. Participants will meet at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 8:30 AM for carpooling and return to the Garden by 2 PM.

The group 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. Steven 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 discussed

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. SBG is located at 11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum.

Resilient Landscapes #5: Nativars in the Home Landscape

Native Roots PrimrosesCROPPED

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.