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Resilient Landscapes #6: Field Tour of a Nativar Nursery

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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 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.

Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners

Discover the basics of what you need to begin backyard beekeeping from the Magic Valley Beekeepers.  Participants will learn how to buy honeybees and construct a  hive to prevent bee swarming and aid in harvesting honey.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about bumble bees and solitary bees and how to make your garden pollinator friendly from Kristin Fletcher, Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s education director.

Class held at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden – 11 Gimlet Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340. Register by clicking here.

Presented by Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Sawtooth Botanical Garden as part of The Center’s BIG IDEA project Bees.