‘Bonus’ Wildflower Walk – Apollo Creek

East Fork Baker Creek campground

Summer has been flying by all too fast….the wildflowers are great….and it’s time for a “bonus” wildflower walk. Experienced wildflower guide Jeanne Cassell will lead us to Apollo Creek, a place she often goes this time of year. There are usually lots of flowers there because of the higher altitude. Other members of the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society will also be present on the hike.

The hike is rated moderate-advanced because of the 6 miles round trip and gradual 1500 feet elevation gain, from 7,500′ to near 9,000′. This is not a loop trail, so if you get tired, you can wait until the rest of the group comes back. This is more of a hike than a walk.

The road is rough and parking is limited at the trail head, so we will plan to carpool in the most worthy vehicles. If carpooling, consider helping your driver pay for gas.

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

SBG walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, hat and lunch.  Call if you have questions but please leave Fido at home.  Donations/memberships to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and the local chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society are welcome.

Destination: Apollo Creek off Baker Creek Road north of Ketchum

Difficulty: Moderate-advanced; 6 mile round trip; 1500 feet elevation gain from 7,500 to near 9,000′

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

Return Time: About 4-5 pm.

Cost: Free

For further information, visit or call 726-9358

Daisy Doodles – Art in the Garden

Daisy Doodles 

Tell a story…Explore the Garden…Journal…Create a Book…Bind & Glue…Paint….Sketch…Observe!

Daisy Doodles is a fun, 2-day exploration of book making, journaling and art under the mentorship a local artist. Children will weave stories by creating hand-made books inspired by the garden’s flowers, trees and creek. Materials and snacks are provided.  Suitable for ages 8-10 for a maximum of 10 children.

Dates:  July 10-11, Monday & Tuesday, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Instructor:  Kate O’Brien, art teacher at Bellevue Elementary School.

Cost: $25


Critters in the Garden – POSTPONED til later this summer


Look familiar?  No matter where you live in the Wood River Valley, you’ve probably experienced the fondness of voles, rabbits, deer and other critters for veggies and flowers, even trees.  This class will explore why wildlife wants to eat your plants and how to get them to stop. Nonlethal methods will be emphasized. Information will also be presented about plants that resist wildlife depredation as well as those are harmful to wildlife and should be avoided.

Date/time: Wednesday, June 14, 2017; 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Cost: $5 for SBG members/$10 for nonmembers – To register online click here.

Instructor: Kelton Hatch has worked for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for 13 years. He is currently the Regional Conservation Educator for Region 4, an area ranging from Galena Summit to the Nevada border and American Falls to Mountain Home. A 5th generation Idaho native, he grew up on a cattle ranch in Southeastern Idaho and now teaches on a variety of issues facing Idaho residents.

Pollinators in the Landscape – June 23



Learn to identify key pollinators and the important work they do in our gardens, fields and wildlands during this free, 4-part workshop series sponsored by the Wood River Land Trust, Sawtooth Botanical Garden, The Nature Conservancy and Sawtooth National Recreation Area.


Take a lunch hour or evening walk through the Draper Preserve with a pollination expert and discover the critical interactions between bugs, birds, and blossoms.

Presenter: Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, University of Wisconsin

Times: 12:00–1:00 pm and 6:30–8:00 pm

Location: Draper Preserve and Lions Park in Hailey; meet at the Pavilion