December 2019-January 2020
Welcome to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden's December-January Inspire! newsletter. Check out fun and exciting events and educational programming we have in store for the winter months, a new project underway here at the Garden, a re-cap on a successful 2019 and our plans for celebrating SBG's upcoming 25th anniversary year!

And don't forget... it's Year End Appeal time ! We hope you received and enjoyed a letter and small token of our gratitude in the mail. If you did not, please let us know and we'd be happy to send it along! Your meaningful investment in the region's own botanical garden is important - no matter how big or small - to help us continue our significant and impactful work. Every dollar counts! THANK YOU!

And here is a link to our secure online donation portal for your convenience...
From our Director
As I reflect on the first 25 years of operation for the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, I'm again in awe at the number of people whose lives have been touched by this place. From its very modest beginnings as a horse pasture turned community supported agriculture project in the mid-1990's to a place where a Tibetan prayer wheel spins in honor of peace and beauty that does exist in this world, to a full-fledged botanical resource, place of reflection, locals favorite and tourist destination in 2020, I'm more excited than ever about the next 25 years!

The best stories, though, are about the people who were here then, here throughout, and here now. Some of them are still here , still involved in this little community gem. Why? Because the place is important to them . Important enough to keep supporting the place knowing the impact it had or still has on them, and knowing the impact it will have on future generations.
Photo of winter waterfowl by Michael Olenick. See Michael's artwork on display and for sale at the SBG Visitor Center
On behalf of the dedicated Board of Directors and Ambassadors Council, and our wonderful staff and volunteers here at the Sawooth Botanical Garden, I wish you and yours a cherished holiday season filled with memories that will endure and compel positive reflection for years to come.


- Jen
Happy Holidays to (and from!) our Corporate Sponsors
Annual Business Sponsors help the Sawtooth Botanical Garden sustain its programs and services as a resource to our community by pledging to our bottom line. Thank you, Webb Landscape , Mountain High Landscapes , and Lee Gilman Builders for your support!
Mark your calendars for 25th Annual Garden Tour (with 25th anniversary after-party @SBG!) on July 25,2020 , and Gimlets in the Garden on August 26, 2020 . Planning is in the works for a 15th anniversary celebration of Garden of Infinite Compassion , including the newly redesigned Serenity Garden!
Upcoming Events
New Moon Dinners ! Celebrating SBG's location at the southern tip of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve on the darkest nights of the year, we are serving up a catered meal in our newly heated greenhouse, serving up a signature cocktail at the snow bar outside next to a warming fire pit, and - weather willing - looking up at the constellations with talks led by local experts on the dark north side of our Visitor Center. The December event is already sold out , but January 24 and February 23 New Moon Dinner dates are available! Sign up online or call us with questions at 208-726-9358. We are celebrating the community's unique dark sky distinction along with the Idaho Conservation League and the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve .

The world famous Bug Zoo is scheduled for April 22 through May 7 with BZ Festival dates on April 22 and May 2! Teachers, contact Education Program Coordinator Kim Chaplin to schedule your class tour during the week. This year's theme is " Brave & Curious ."
Dayle Fowler Legacy Endowment Fund
Dayle Evan Fowler loved gardening and loved the Wood River Valley community, enough so that she offered a bequest to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden upon her untimely passing in 2011. SBG's Board of Directors formally honored Ms. Fowler in 2018 by establishing the Dayle Fowler Legacy Endowment Fund . This fund is diligently stewarded by the Board's finance committee under its Investment Policy Statement so that the fund provides long-term sustainability for the Garden. We are ever grateful for Ms. Fowler's contributions both when she enjoyed the Garden itself and for what she graciously left to us.

Thank you Dayle Fowler!
If you are interested in discussing a bequest for the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, please contact Executive Director Jen Smith at or call 208-726-9358.

Click links below for more fine educational programming here at SBG...

Winter Solstice & Our Winter Birds with Poo Wright-Pulliam (Song Sparrow on a Frosty Branch photo by Michael Olenick, above) TOMORROW , Saturday, December 21, 10-noon

Landscaping with Edgy Evergreens with Tony McCammon January 9, 6-8 pm

Painting with Deanna Schrell art classes beginning January 6 through March 16 (Mondays), 6:30-9:00 pm - drop-ins welcome!

Dry Brush Watercolor Techniques for Botanical Painting with Carrie DiConstanzo art workshop July 29-31 register by calling us at 208-726-9358

Growing Great Minds! Are you interested in bringing a class to the Garden for some science education? We're here for YOU! Contact Education Program Coordinator Kim Chaplin at or
Gardens & Facilities

Plowed pathways are open through garden! Come visit the prayer wheel, check out all the winter birds (and bunnies) and feel free to bring your pooch (on a leash, please). The Garden is a great spot for safe winter dog walks. Please pick up after and ensure good behavior.

Serenity Garden Project : This redesign project happening within the Garden of Infinite Compassion was initiated by a generous donation from the Nalen Family. Come check out the re-directed stream flowing around the Serenity Pond's tortoise and crane represented by stone sculptures. Displays and more information coming soon! Want to contribute? Contact Jen .

Event space is available at the Garden! Inquire here .

Need holiday gifts? Art work by Michael Olenick and Nancy Vandiver is available for sale at the Visitor Center and we have a great little gift shop! Andria Friesen's Speak for the Trees coffee table book is especially nice...
Mission-Aligned Efforts
Our director is a graduate of Oregon State University's College of Forestry . Jen's recent alumni magazine included a wonderful article about online gardening tips being a "big hit" (so we're on the right track!) and included a link to the Clackamas County Master Gardeners' 10-Minute University series of videos. And while we don't enjoy the same USDA hardiness zone of the temperate rainforests in north western Oregon, we thought you'd enjoy some of these informational videos as you gaze out upon our beautiful snow-covered landscape here in Idaho.

Check out the efforts of several local individuals and organizations' efforts regarding Bald Mountain Stewardship of forest systems on our local ski hill.

We've said it before... we'll say it again - check out the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve ! Celebrating our dark skies - look up, be amazed!

Join green industry professionals at the INLA Horticulture Expo in January in Boise! SBG is a nonprofit member of the Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association. The Hort Expo includes a trade show and myriad classes on myriad green industry topics.

"The existence of a public botanical garden in an area with a population of fewer than 200,000 is indeed very special."
- Panayoti Kelaidis, Denver Botanical Gardens

Our Mission...
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.

Through its programs and services, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden provides information on plant cultivation and ecological principles relevant to the region’s climatic conditions and its plant and human communities.

The goal of the Garden is to establish a place to build community through the understanding and exploration of both native and cultivated plants. Understanding the unique ecology of our extraordinary inter-mountain west region and exploring the wonders of plant cultivation and care provide a multitude of opportunities to  “celebrate plants and inspire people!”

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our EIN is 82-0475551. Gifts, either cash or in-kind are tax-deductible to the extent of law.

Thank you for your support!
Happy Holidays!

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