December 2018

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden! What a year 2018 was! We welcomed our new Development & Administrative Coordinator Sharon Heitur in February and new Executive Director Jen Smith in March and then we were off to a whirlwind of activities. The Bug Zoo entertained hundreds of delighted visitors in May, the 23rd annual Garden Tour was a rousing success in July, we welcomed philanthropic friends in August (after a drenching downpour!) at the Summer Gala, held copious numbers of education classes and interpretive tours and greeted over 14,000 visitors to the Garden throughout the year.

Thanks to YOUR SUPPORT , the Sawtooth Botanical Garden continues to grow and thrive as the region's community resource showcasing native and cultivated plants that flourish at high altitude. The Garden connects people to the region’s unique beauty and fosters environmental stewardship through education, events, displays, and plant collections. We are so grateful to hear the rave reviews about our little Garden from people from all over the world.

~ Jen, Kathy, Sharon, Nancy, & Kim

We have combined our former education newsletter and general newsletter into one! You can now look forward to receiving one email newsletter per month from SBG.
News from our Director...
Our Year End Appeal is going strong! If you didn't receive your beautiful SBG postcards in the mail (our gift to you!), please let us know and we'll get a package off to you. We received a $14,000 matching challenge from a group of passionate supporters meaning your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar! We hope you will take advantage of our other giving opportunities as well... #GivingTuesday, Amazon Smile and recurring monthly donations through GiveGab. You can also stop by the Garden with a credit card or check (we LOVE seeing you!) or donate online.

I am especially grateful for our wonderful Board of Directors and Ambassadors Council for all their hard work and dedication.

Thank you!
Jen Smith
Executive Director & Interim Education Program Coordinator
Gardens & Facilities Update:
2018 saw the re-planting of Carol's Wildflower Garden and the creation of the world's only (seriously!) Native Buckwheat Garden! Dedications of these two areas will happen once the snow recedes and the plants bloom.

We are also very excited to announce the 2019 re-design of the Serenity Pond area of the Garden of Infinite Compassion! If you are interested in a naming opportunity for one of the area's fabulous gardens or features, please contact Jen at Let's chat!
Welcome AmeriKim! Kim Chaplin has joined us through the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute's AmeriCorps program. Kim has a wealth of knowledge about plants and people... she was raised by a plant grower family in Florida and is enjoying a burgeoning knowledge of Horticulture Therapy. Kim is SBG's AmeriCorps Education Assistant, while Jen has taken on the role of Interim Education Program Coordinator.

Kim and Jen have been visiting classrooms up and down the valley for our Growing Great Minds collaborative effort to bring science education to kids in their schools and at the Garden. Kim can be reached at
See you in the Garden!
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