April/May 2019
Welcome to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden's April/May Newsletter! Spring is in the air! In this issue we will cover all things BUG ZOO, introduce yet another of our Directors, tout the benefits of SBG membership, remind you of a few dates to save, and we will remember an original benefactor.
From our Executive Director...
It's a BUG ZOO BLITZ! After a long, snowy, beautiful winter, we look forward each year to our first big spring unveiling... and why not invite about 1700 of you to participate? That's right! The 15th annual Bug Zoo promises to excite and delight with critters of all crawls and creatures of curiosity for all ages. Bug Zoo is typically a local child's first introduction to our region's public botanical garden and we like to dress up the place and have a party! For the full schedule and additional information visit the Bug Zoo web page. This year's theme is SURVIVAL!

I also wanted to take the time to mention a more somber topic - estate giving. SBG's Dayle Fowler Legacy Endowment Fund is the vehicle through which estate gifts are accepted. Naming SBG in your giving plans allows us to build the fund that is a permanent means of sustaining the region's only public botanical garden. Please contact me directly to discuss your giving plans involving the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. We thank you for your consideration.

Don't forget IDAHO GIVES on May 2!

See you in the Garden! ~Jen
~ Business Sponsor ~
Special thanks to Lee Gilman Builders for their ongoing support of our region's public botanical garden!

Lee Gilman Builders has been voted Best of the Valley for “Best Builder” four years running and are honored to be the recipients of a city award for “outstanding commitment and investment into the community of Ketchum.”

Lee Gilman Builders:
" Work with people you enjoy and trust. Build beautiful spaces together."
Board Member Spotlight:
Bill Josey!
Perhaps best known as " Chase's dad," Bill Josey is also husband to Kris, father of Tanner, and co-owner (along with Kris) of ArborCare Resources, Inc.,one of the Wood River Valley's premier professional tree care companies, since 1997.

An International Society of Arboriculture Board Certified Master Arborist and skilled tree climber, Bill is the go-to expert on tree care in the valley and beyond. Hailing from the southeast, Bill is a forestry graduate of North Carolina State University. In his spare time, Bill is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, and rock climber.

Bill joined the SBG Board of Directors in mid-2018 and heads up the Education & Interpretation Committee. We are grateful for Bill's collaborative community-minded nature and enthusiastic support of all things outdoors! Thanks for your service, Bill!
May is the month to renew your Sawtooth Botanical Garden membership! Why membership? Membership with the region's only public botanical garden not only supports SBG's mission, programs and services, it also provides you with discounts at local garden centers, retail outlets and book stores. And don't forget your membership card when you travel! SBG is a member of the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Benefits Program .

To renew your membership, simply visit our website's secure payment portal or call our office - we're happy to help take a credit card over the phone.

Thanks to our partnering organizations for providing member discounts: Iconoclast Books , Chapter One Book Store , Wood River Sustainability Center, Sun Valley Garden Center (plant material), Moss Garden Center , The Open Room , Sue Bridgman Florist , and Webb Garden Center .
The Idaho Mountain Express' Woman of the Year , Ann Christensen, introduces her pet tarantula Hildegarde to delighted Bug Zoo visitors. Ann (and Hildegarde) will be available for snuggles at the May 4 Bug Fest II.

Healing in the Garden July 21: Join us for a day of health in the Garden along with professional practitioners in modalities such as healing touch, homeopathy, meditation in nature, biomat, meditation with sound bowls, melt method and energetic healing. Friend of SBG, Katherine Pleasants, along with other wellness practitioners, will lead this peaceful event and all proceeds go to the Garden. See our website for details to come.

Interpretive Garden Tours (customizable for your group!) upon request: call 208-726-9358 to reserve your group's space.

Darcy Williamson's Medicinal Plants classes are back! Join us on June 1&2. Visit our website for details.
Education Corner
Wildflower Walks are scheduled for Thursdays starting on May 23 and running through August 1. Wildflower Walks are free (but a donation to the Garden is always welcome!) and we will meet at the Garden at 9:00 AM. Walks typically conclude back at the Garden at 3:00. Visit our website for details.

Summer educational opportunities for organized youth camps! If your youth camp would like to come experience an interpretive tour of the Garden, or experience targeted learning in the region's best outdoor learning environment, hit up our education staff at 208-726-9358. Fees may apply if your camp charges its own participants. Reciprocal benefits arrangements are also entertained.

Kelly Radding's Birds in Botanicals workshop (July 24, 25, 26) has two spots left! In this workshop, we will explore the relationship between birds, plants and habitats. We will
learn techniques for including them in a botanical painting and/or drawing including determining the correct proportions, how to find and draw the ‘perfect’ gesture and how to create a dynamic composition.

Discovery Club is back! This popular parent/kiddo outdoor education session happening on Wednesdays at 10:00 from June 12 through August 21.
Garden Happenings
Thanks to Seniors at Wood River High School (photo at right) for their Senior Day WOW project! The group buffed out the greenhouse in preparation for Bug Zoo and our busy summer. Thanks kids!

Heat in the Greenhouse! After years of non-operation, the heating system in the greenhouse is once again operable thanks to stellar volunteer, Dan Whipp, and our friends at Altitude Heat & Air. Now you can rent the greenhouse for your very own winter farm-to-table dinner or other such occasions.

Volunteer opportunities abound at the Garden! Want to work along side our wonderful garden fairies to contribute to a munificent community asset? Give us a ring at 208-726-9358.

Spring is in the air! Birds of all feathers are chirping and swimming at the Garden, and crocus and snowdrops are blooming! Come visit! And remember... our front gate is latched (when closed) but never locked! Keeps the elk from feasting on our foliage!
"When individuals recognize their generosity makes a difference, a stronger, more vibrant community emerges." - WOW website
In Honor of Thomas Dubois Hormel's Passing
Please join us in acknowledging Mr. Thomas Hormel's passing. Mr. Hormel was instrumental in the creation of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden back in 1994. As the founder and leader of the Global Environment Project Institute which was the vehicle for acquiring our land lease where the Garden sits, Mr. Hormel was among the first supporters of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden idea. A passionate supporter of the environment and music, Tom will be missed. We at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are immensely grateful for his contributions to our community. See His full obituary here.
Idaho Gives, National Public Gardens Week, Wildflower Walks & More (did we mention BUG ZOO ??)!
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