Welcome to the August - September edition of Inspire! the Sawtooth Botanical Garden's monthly newsletter. We will mention a little soiree we've officially "re"named, introduce another of our fine Directors (and a couple new ones, too!), and welcome our new Education Program Coordinator!
From Our Director...
It's all things Gimlets in the Garden around here!

As we gear up for the Sawtooth Botanical Garden's summer gala fundraiser, we celebrate the entire community's generosity. From our wonderful annual corporate sponsors, Mountain High Landscapes and Lee Gilman Builders , to Gimlets in the Garden event sponsors (see below) and generous in-kind donations from area businesses and nonprofit organizations, to ticket purchasers and donors like YOU, we are truly "getting back to our roots" by officially re-naming SBG's summer gala event Gimlets in the Garden !

As we approach SBG's 25th year anniversary in 2020, we are taking a look back so that we can focus on a prosperous and successful 25th year and beyond.
Our region's public botanical garden has seen many changes over its first quarter-century and now momentum is growing in the Garden . Our passionate, engaged and dedicated Board of Directors is set to chart the Garden's course for the next 25 years the is mission-driven and constituency-focused.

We love that you are all on this gardening adventure with us! I hope to raise a glass with you on August 28.

See you in the Garden!
Welcome to our
New Corporate Sponsor!
Mountain High Landscapes has joined forces with the Sawtooth Botanical Garden as its premier PLATINUM SPONSOR! Thank you John Balint and Mountain High Landscapes: " We draw inspiration for our work from the beautiful place in which we live.  Let us show you how that inspiration can turn your landscape into a work of art."

Props also to SBG's Pollinator level sponsor, Lee Gilman Builders : " Work with people you enjoy and trust. Build beautiful spaces together."

Gimlets in the Garden:
"We're Getting Back to Our Roots!"
Many thanks to our

Platinum Gimlet Level
Archive Custom Painting

Gold Aqua Fresca Level

Mojito Silver Level
Doris Roemer-Moress

Gin Fizz Bronze Level

Would you or your business like to sponsor Gimlets in the Garden? There's still time! Hit Jen up at or 208-726-9358
You're Invited!
This year's annual summer gala fundraising event at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden promises to be the best yet! Come enjoy a delicious meal complete with passed apps, salad, dinner and dessert served up by Rasberrys Food Reverence . Real food made from scratch!

We have many wonderful silent auction packages, live auction packages and a Sun Valley Resort Challenger ski pass to raffle off!

DJN8 spins the tunes for the evening, and for those brave souls still ready to party, Dale and Peggy Bates of DANCZEN will lead us in DISCO line dancing (whaaaat?)!

Our hosted bars will keep your whistle wet after being welcomed by a signature vodka gimlet served up by Distilled Resources, Inc. 's very own Gray Ottley. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available, of course.

Anyone heard of a gal named Kat Vanden Heuvel? That's right, KAT will act as Master of Ceremonies for Gimlets in the Garden! How about THAT for a good time?

But most of all, we join together on August 28 from 5:00 until 10:00 for an evening of celebration and support for our region's own public botanical garden... exactly in the place where you'll see and experience your direct impact!

Tickets are $150 each or a table of 10 for $1500. Your support matters. Our community's significant resource of horticultural expertise and education needs your help. SBG has no "home unit" or government institution such as a university or municipality for a base of support as many, many other public botanical gardens do; we rely solely on the generosity of individual benefactors, foundation funds, grant awards, corporate and individual sponsors and underwriters, and gifts in-kind. THANK YOU!
Matt & GB just chillin'
Meet Matt Bogue!
Matt joined SBG's Board of Directors in January 2019. As he puts it: "At least it's a very convenient commute to Board meetings!" (Matt and his famous wife, Toni, and daughter Georgia Blue live right next to the Garden!)

Matt is a License Partner with Engel & Völkers Sun Valley who loves the Wood River Valley and just about anywhere else he can flick a fly at a fish and land a big one. He also loves all the outdoor recreation pursuits and nature he can get right outside our community's front door. Matt helps spread the word of SBG through our social media pages and has great ideas about how to make this wonderful little botanical garden even better. Thanks for your service Matt!

Matt and the rest of the Board also welcome new Directors: Candice Stark and Sarah Resor!
Welcome to SBG's new Education Program Coordinator
Kim Chaplin, SBG's current AmeriCorps education assistant, has agreed to climb aboard as our new Education Program Coordinator Starting in September! Kim will continue to develop SBG's educational offerings, coordinate top notch classes and workshops throughout the seasons, and lead exciting horticultural exploits.

Upcoming education opportunities at SBG include:
  • Saturday September 21, 10-12 am: Garden Feng Shui. Hillary Anderson.
  • Saturday September 28, 2-5 pm: Meditative Art of Stone Balancing. Gabe Embler.

Kim Chaplin leads a lively group of Discovery Club-ers through the Alpine Garden, discovering many or the interesting plants, bugs, and birds at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden.
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The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a 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.