Inhale the fragrance near Boise homes. The Idaho Botanical Garden overflows with colorful blooms. A place of serenity and peace, the grounds are open year round. A variety of themed smaller gardens fit neatly together creating a picture perfect whole.

Explore the garden leisurely and haphazardly or more directly with a guide. Expert led tours are filled with tidbits of information on the history of the grounds, flora and fauna, and advice for success in Boise property gardens. Those wishing to go off on their own receive a map with admission. Families make the most of their excursions with a family backpack. Loaned to little ones, the packs contain supplemental information making learning fun. Inside are binoculars, field guides, worksheets and other surprises. 

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The Idaho Native Plant Garden devotes itself to plants that thrive in the state. Locals spend time here deciding what to plant in the gardens of their Boise homes. The Herb Garden appeals to amateur chefs with a variety of edibles including rosemary, chives, oregano and thyme. In the Vegetable Garden side dishes are being prepared by Mother Nature. The Water Conservation Landscape showcases drought tolerant choices as well as plants that draw in hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Thoughts are enlightening in the Meditation Garden, and scents sweetly subtle in the Jane Falk Oppenheimer Heirloom Rose Garden. Children frolic freely in the Children’s Adventure Garden. Here carnivorous plants inspire curiosity, climbing trees and rolling hills beckon, and a musical trail is made for walking.

Special events are frequently found on the calendar. Audiences watch summer concerts from the grasses of the Outlaw Field which was once the location of an old penitentiary. The Great Garden Escape is a favorite for locals. Live music sets the scene for a lively day of good food and fun. Plump pumpkins are made for picking during the Scarecrow Stroll and Fall Harvest Festival. Winter Garden aGlow begins following the Thanksgiving holiday. Illuminating the Idaho Botanical Garden sparkling lights create a festive atmosphere. Santa will also be onsite to visit with the kids.

The gardens are ever changing. Open seven days a week inspiration caused by the beauty of nature awaits one and all. Indulge in a change of scenery and a breath of fresh air.