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Wildflower Walk – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh

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Join local botanist Carol Blackburn, naturalist Ann Christensen and birding experts for the spectacular blue camas lilies of Centennial Marsh. We’ll watch raptors and migrating shorebirds, so bring binoculars if you have them. We’ll also stop to discuss the causes and impacts of the Bannock War between Shoshoni-Bannock tribes and white settlers. This is the first 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.

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.

Destination: Camas Prairie and Centennial Marsh

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum) or 9:30 AM at Timmerman Hill rest stop (blinking light, 9 miles south of Bellevue on Highway 75) or 10:15 AM at the Fairfield Ranger District office in Fairfield.

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, wildflower enthusiast
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell, wildflower enthusiast
  • 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

 

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

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.

 

Create a Holiday Wreath – 12/4 or 12/5

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Create a fabulous holiday wreath or table centerpiece using conifer boughs, twigs, moss, ribbons, ornaments (yours or ours) and your imagination! This year we’re offering 2 nights but this popular class fills quickly.  Pick either Monday or Tuesday night and call to pay and reserve your spot!  When registering you’ll choose the size of your door wreath or table centerpiece form.
Date/Time: Pick either Monday, December 4th or Tuesday, December 5th.  Hours are 6:00 – 7:30 PM each night.
Cost:  $20 SBG members/ $24 nonmembers; fee covers materials.
Register: Spots are limited!  Preregistration is required.  Call 208-726-9358 or email kristin@sbgarden.org.

Astronomy at the Garden – NEW DATE!

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Join Tim Frazier, current president of the  Magic Valley Astronomical Society, for an evening of early winter star gazing with “a few” of his favorite telescopes.

The evening begins at the Visitor’s Center at 7:00 pm with a basic orientation to the night sky. Then we’ll move outside to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects, early winter constellations and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director, will help participants identify constellations visible with the naked eye plus offer insights about their lore.

Dress warmly for the weather and bring binoculars, if you have them!  

Preregistration is required and space is limited to just 20 participants. Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your spot.

Date: Saturday, November 18  (** NOTE: because of bad weather this class was canceled from 11/16)

Time: 7-9 PM

Location: Sawtooth Botanical Garden Visitor Center

Cost: SBG members – $10; Nonmembers – $12; Children under 16 – Free

Astronomy in the Garden – POSTPONED TO Saturday,11/18

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Join Tim Frazier, current president of the  Magic Valley Astronomical Society, for an evening of early winter star gazing with “a few” of his favorite telescopes.

The evening begins at the Visitor’s Center at 7:00 pm with a basic orientation to the night sky. Then we’ll move outside to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects, early winter constellations and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director, will help participants identify constellations visible with the naked eye plus offer insights about their lore.

Dress warmly for the weather and bring binoculars, if you have them!  

Preregistration is required and space is limited to just 20 participants. Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your spot.

Date: Thursday, November 16  (** New date because of bad weather is Saturday, November 18)

Time: 7-9 PM

Location: Sawtooth Botanical Garden Visitor Center

Cost: SBG members – $10; Nonmembers – $12; Children under 16 – Free

Guided Garden Tours End October 8

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SBG Guided Tours End for Season

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden will celebrate the end of summer and the Trailing of the Sheep Festival with free guided tours of its most popular gardens. Two daily tours will be offered Wednesday through Sunday, October 4-8.  Morning tours highlight the Garden of Infinite Compassion which features a rare Tibetan prayer wheel constructed at the Dalai Lama’s monastery in India. Afternoon tours start feature the Garden of the Five Senses, Montane Garden and perennial beds.

  • Wednesday, October 4: 10-11 AM with SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher; 4-5 PM with SBG Garden Manager Kathy Noble.
  • Thursday, October 5: 10-11 AM with SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher; 4-5 PM with SBG Garden Manager Kathy Noble.
  • Friday, October 6: 10-11 AM with Buddhist teacher Mary Ann Chubb; 4-5 PM with SBG Garden Manager Kathy Noble.
  • Saturday, October 7: 10-11 AM with SBG Executive Director Kat Vanden Heuvel; 4-5 PM with local garden expert Helen Stone.
  • Sunday, October 8: 10-11 AM with Buddhist teacher Mary Ann Chubb; 4-5 PM with SBG Garden Assistant Susan Sheffield.

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