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Idaho Paleobotany with Dr. Bill Rember

University of Idaho’s Dr. Bill Rember knows a thing or two about fossils, especially the Clarkia Flora of northern Idaho. First discovered in 1972 during construction of a snowmobile racetrack, the fossils are preserved in Miocene lake sediments formed about 15,000,000 years ago. The area has remained tectonically stable and leaves often show their original fall colors!  Come learn more about the research conducted at this fascinating site.

Bill Rember, affiliate professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Idaho, is director of UI’s Tertiary Research Center. He has been unearthing and studying the Clarkia fossil flora of northern Idaho for decades.

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm; Thursday, October 25, 2018

Location: SBG Visitor Center

Cost: $15 SBG members and $18 nonmembers; click here to register.

Images of Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood, top) and Populus (Cottonwood, bottom) courtesy of the Tertiary Research Center of the University of Idaho 

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 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh

 

Join local botanists, naturalists and birders as we enjoy the spectacular blue camas lilies of Centennial Marsh. We’ll observe raptors and migrating shorebirds, so bring binoculars if you have them. We’ll also learn about the causes and impacts of the Bannock War between Shoshoni-Bannock tribes and white settlers. This is the 1st 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 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; if carpooling, consider helping your driver pay for gas. 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 9:15 AM at Timmerman Hill rest stop (blinking light on Highway 74, 9 miles south of Bellevue) or 10:00 AM at the Fairfield Ranger District office in Fairfield.

Return Time: by 4:00 PM

2018 Field Trip Schedule

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh with local botanists, naturalists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon with Lynn Kinter, botanist, IDFG (evening talk and all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers, Part 1; 9:30 AM start with Jeanne Cassell, wildflower enthusiast
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers, Part 2; 9:30 AM start with Jeanne Cassell, wildflower enthusiast
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake; trip leader TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows with Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • September 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree with John Shelly, INPS President and retired US Forest Service plant specialist
  • October 6 – Autumn Color with Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester

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.