October Events at the Idaho Botanical Garden

Family-friendly activities and Garden education

Pathway at the Idaho Botanical Garden
Pathway at the Idaho Botanical Garden
  • Pathway at the Idaho Botanical Garden
    Pathway at the Idaho Botanical Garden
    Pathway at the Idaho Botanical Garden
    Pathway at the Idaho Botanical Garden
September 12, 2012 (BOISE, ID) - The Idaho Botanical Garden is still enjoying summer beauty with the freshness of fall air. October events feature the family-friendly Fall Harvest Festival, the month-long Scarecrow stroll, and a number of continuing education courses.

Below is the October 2012 schedule of programs:

Scarecrow Stroll
Every day October 1 through October 31
Free to Members, $5 for Non members, $3 for youth ages 5-12 and Seniors, free to children 4 and younger.
The fourth annual Scarecrow Stroll displays scarecrows created and built by community groups and organizations. The theme for this year’s contest is “Famous People from History.” As a contest, there are two categories: Gardener’s Choice – judged by a panel of community judges, and the Community Choice Award – based on popular vote of Garden guests. Be sure to cast your vote.

Fall Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7
Noon – 6:00 pm
$3 for Members and youth ages 5-12, $6 for Non members, children 4 and younger are free
Celebrate the fall season in the Garden with activities for people of all ages. Among the creative Scarecrow displays, enjoy live music with artists including the High Desert Band and Jr. Jammers, hayrides, pumpkin painting, and other family-friendly activities. Shop the farmers market with a variety of local food vendors. View a running “G scale” garden railroad and train courtesy of the southern Idaho Garden Railway Society.

Raised Bed Gardening
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 pm
$10 Members; $15 Non member. Pre-registration required.
Raised bed gardens allow gardeners to regulate soil composition and control weeds a bit easier. Soil in raised beds warms up and dries more quickly in the spring, allowing gardeners to work the soil and plant earlier. Instructors Megan McCarthy and Elizabeth Dickey will discuss different methods for building raised beds and the steps for creating them. The Idaho Botanical Garden’s vegetable garden will be used as a demonstration site for framed beds, straw bale beds, and unframed beds.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop
Part I: Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am
Part II: Thursday, October 18, 6:00 pm
$35 Members; $40 Non member. Includes materials, soil and plants. Pre-registration required.
Hypertufa troughs make wonderful planters for shallow-rooted outdoor plants such as alpines, thymes, and succulents. Garden Operations Manager Rebecca Needles will demonstrate how to create a freeform trough using a cement, perlite, and peat moss mixture. The trough will be made on Saturday and planted on Thursday with a variety of non-cold hardy succulents. Enjoy the trough indoors throughout winter and use it outdoors during the growing season.

Divide and Conquer
Saturday, October 13, 1:00 pm
$15 Members; $20 Non member. Pre-registration required.
University of Idaho Advanced Master Gardener Vicki Henderson will demonstrate how to divide perennials to invigorate their growth and start new plants. Participants should bring their own gardening gear including gloves, shovel, fork and a box or tarp. After some practical experience dividing a variety of plants, participants will take home some of the starts they have separated.

Fall Tree Tour
Saturday, October 20; 10:00 am
$15 Members; $20 Non member.
Idaho Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Manager Toby Mancini will tour participants through the Garden grounds to discuss individual tree virtues and idiosyncrasies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tree questions and share their tree dilemmas.


About Idaho Botanical Garden:
Idaho Botanical Garden is open daily from 9am-5pm, from 10 am – 6 pm on weekends and till dusk on Tuesday and Friday.

General admission is $5 for non-members, $3 for seniors, and youth between 5-12 years old are $3. General admission is free to members.

The Idaho Botanical Garden is dedicated to fostering a love of nature and developing intellectual curiosity in people of all ages though botanical collections, music and art events, educational programs and seasonal celebrations.

The Idaho Botanical Garden is located at 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, Idaho. For more information call 208-343-8649 or visit www.idahobotanicalgarden.org

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