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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.

Materials List:  Sawtooth Materials List Watercolor Weekend – Fall Leaves

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

Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Project

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In recent years, much attention has been paid to the importance of pollinators and their contribution to the agricultural economy, in large part because of widespread losses of bees. The causes of these declines are not fully understood and we know very little about the current status of many of our native Idaho bumble bees like the Nevada bumble bee above.

Idaho, Oregon and Washington are home to nearly 30 species of bumble bees. Unfortunately, several of them face an uncertain future. The western bumble bee has declined dramatically, especially in the western portion of its range, and species like Morrison’s bumble bee and the Suckley cuckoo bumble bee appear to be in decline.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Xerces Society have partnered to help complete that story and to better understand the status of our native bumble bees. With a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Project Director Ross Winton (Idaho Department of Fish and Game) is embarking on an ambitious 3-year project to better understand native bees in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Part of the project is to recruit an army of trained volunteers armed with cameras and vials. According to Winton, “These citizen scientists can cover large areas quickly, collect quality scientific data, and contribute to the global understanding of bumble bee distributions.”

What: Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Project

Speaker: Ross Winton, Regional Wildlife Biologist for the Wildlife Diversity Program, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

When: Thursday, March 15; 7:00 -8:30 PM

Cost: $10 SBG members and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.

Resilient Landscapes #3: Nativars – the New Native Plants

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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 third class in this exciting 6 part series, Nativars – the New Native Plants, is an in depth, day-long workshop targeting landscape professionals and dedicated gardeners. The workshop, held on February 15 from 10 AM-3 PM will examine past obstacles to using native plants, introduce 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.

Presenters include:

  • Patti Lousen, Wood River Land Trust: Status of water in Idaho and the Wood River Valley
  • Kristin Fletcher, Sawtooth Botanical Garden: Idaho’s native pollinators, decline and solutions
  • Steve Love, University of Idaho scientist: Development of selected native plants called nativars to enhance usefulness in home landscapes
  • Steve Paulsen, Native Roots, LLC.: Uses of nativars and commercial production
  • Kyle Timm, K & L Design, Salt Lake City: Design considerations, including a new 3D design software
  • Kelley Weston, Native Landscapes: Appropriate maintenance and irrigation techniques

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Other classes in the series:

  • #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!
  • #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.
  • # 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 Kimberly, 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 explain their many uses and benefits.

Register for this class by clicking here.

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

Resilient Landscapes #2: Design Your Own Resilient 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 first two classes in the series focus on Design Your Own Resilient Landscape. Both are free and will be held on January 18 and 25, 6:30-8:00 PM at Hailey City Hall.

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!

Other classes in the series include:

  • # 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.
  • # 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 Kimberly, 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 explain their many uses and benefits.

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

Kid’s Garden Camp

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Sawtooth Botanical Garden is happy to be hosting a free half-day garden camp on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students in grades 1-3 are invited to join us for a morning of games, crafts, and stories to celebrate the environment and MLK!

Drop off will be between 8:30-9am with a pick up time of 12-12:30pm. Space is limited to just 20 students and therefore preregistration is required. Lana Silver and Ben Menard, SBG’s AmeriCorps members, will share their love of the garden with assistance from Jamie Truppi, a local AmeriCorps member.

Call 208-726-9358 to reserve your slot.