June-July 2019
Welcome to the June-July 2019 issue of Inspire! It's heating up around here and so are we! In this issue we'll introduce you to another member of our Board of Directors and our newest member(s) of the crew (with big props to the Roy A. Hunt Foundation!).
From our Director...
Now that Bug Zoo 2019 is officially in the books, we are shifting our focus to summer time! Summer at the Garden is a special time... more visitors, old friends who spend time in warmer climates over the winter return, many of you renew your individual, family or business memberships with SBG, a full slate of educational programming, a LOT of weeding, and, of course, the 24th annual 2019 Garden Tour !

This year's Garden Tour happens on Saturday, July 13 from 10:00-2:00 and features outstanding garden landscapes in Streamside (Valley Club), Zinc Spur, Starweather and Deer Creek. Tickets are available now . Just over 75 volunteers make this event happen! Garden Tour booklets are available for FREE at local retail outlets, garden centers, and tourist outlets (Visit Sun Valley and the WRV Chamber). I want to convey our sincere gratitude to the volunteers, sponsors and advertisers that all contribute so much to this significant fundraiser for SBG and a chance for about 500 people to connect to lovely, creative, intimate, and adored private landscapes.

See you in the Garden!

-Jen Smith
Executive Director & Interim Education Program Coordinator
208-726-9358 ext. 21

Thanks to our Annual Business Sponsor: Lee Gilman Builders !

Lee Gilman Builders: "Work with people you enjoy and trust. Build beautiful spaces together."
We LOVE volunteers! Hit us up at info@sbgarden.org!
Board Member Spotlight: Kathie Gouley
Kathie joined the SBG Board of Directors following an impressive stint as volunteer coordinator for the 2018 Garden Tour.

A school nurse at Wood River Middle School by trade, Kathie is also a Master Gardener. She and her husband Rich own a large property in Bellevue and plant cultivation runs in the family; Kathie's son, Chase Gouley is a Landscape Architect with BYLA.

In addition to volunteering as an engaged and fiscally diligent Board member, Kathie coordinates the 75 or so volunteers for the annual Garden Tour. Thanks for your service Kathie!!
Education Corner
2019 Discovery Club : Join us for a fun and engaging time with stories, kid yoga, and Garden explorations! It's FREE!
Birds in Botanicals ... a workshop with
Kelly Radding
Only 2 spots left... register now by calling
Thursdays, meet at SBG at 9:30 | FREE!
Gardens & Facilities Happenings:
Things just got a little easier around here...
Left to right: Board Secretary Cherie Kessler, Board member Matt Bogue popping the champagne cork, Dan Hunt in the drivers' seat, Board Chair Susan Flynt, Board member Kathie Gouley, executive director Jen Smith, Board Treasurer Heidi Shelton
Meet "Dan!"
It took two years and a successful executive director succession to accomplish, and thanks to the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and Jodi & Dan Hunt, SBG is the happy owner of a brand-new PowerTrac tractor and implements! Fondly known as "Dan" the PowerTrac came with a large material bucket, forks, and a snowblower.

Gardens & Facilities staff are now able to do the lifting, hauling, and snowblowing formerly accomplished by hand or through the use of contracted labor. Not only are we saving our (admittedly) aging backs, we are saving money by executing tasks in-house!

YAY Dan!

Meet Baltazar!
SBG's newest addition to the Gardens & Facilities staff, Baltazar Salinas is an irrigation expert, pro pruner and planter, and all-around can-do-anything guy. Baltazar was hired by Jen at the Parks & Rec department in Ketchum in 2009, and we are so grateful he asked about part-time employment with SBG for the busy summer months!

Hailing from Coeneo De La Libertad, Michoacan De Ocampo, Mexico , Baltazar achieved dual US/Mexico citizenship in 2010 and has lived in Idaho for over 25 years working in the agriculture and landscaping industry. B ienvenido al jardin Baltazar!

We look forward to Baltazar's help as we upgrade signage and our parking lot coming up soon!
Kudos and Dates
T he Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a proud recipient of yet another gold medal from the Idaho Mountain Express' Best of the Valley readers' poll! Thank you for voting for your favorite local garden!

Additionally, SBG was recently featured in an article about the Ten Best Places to Visit in Sun Valley, Idaho on the digital travel magazine Trips To Discover. We are honored and humbled and so grateful for the recognition!

Engage with us on
Save the dates!

July 28

August 28

And now... a word from our fan club:
“Your Magical Botanical Garden is one of our favorite places in the world, congratulations on making the WRV more special because of it. Nothing ever 'just happens' so keep up the great work, you are appreciated, you and everyone else who pitches in.” – Trevor Hitchin
A very special thank you goes out to Derek Hagberg for purchasing a plaque for Remi in our Pet Memory Garden . Thanks buddy.
"Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom." - Rumi