July - August 2019
Welcome to the July - August issue of Inspire! We share a special tribute to a long-time supporter, reflect on a remarkable 24th annual Garden Tour, fill you in on a newly planted area here at SBG, introduce you to another of our fantastic Directors, and get you excited to return to our roots for Gimlets in the Garden!
From Our Director

I receive so many encouraging and complimentary notes, emails, and phone calls from SBG supporters; I consider these reflective of our entire team here at the Garden, including the staff, Board of Directors, Ambassadors Council, committee members, and hundreds of volunteers, as well as of the place itself. People love the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and what it means to them personally and to our community.

The note on the right is the first one I received when I started work here at the Garden a little over a year ago. I keep it taped to the wall along with other encouraging bits that I glance at when I need to. It makes me smile as I dig back into some database, a grant application, a status report... some administrative task that requires inspiration.

I can't recall when I met Ruth Lieder, but I'm sure it was during the nearly two decades that I worked in municipal government in Ketchum. Ruthie always remembered my name even though when we met I was probably mowing lawns and pruning trees for the city. She was the kind of person who really saw another person, and appreciated them for what they brought forward into the universe. You couldn't help but reciprocate the appreciation - hers was so genuine. Ruthie was so special and so humble. She loved her Golden Retrievers - all seven of them. I was saddened to hear of her passing and wanted to share her note to me with all of you.
So many of you convey varying and impactful levels of support for SBG; volunteer hours, expertise with Wildflower Walks and kids' activities, in-kind gifts that continue to improve our little public botanical garden, and financial gifts large and small. And notes of encouragement. It ALL matters.

So here's to Mayher Ruthie. And here's to ALL of you who make the Sawtooth Botanical Garden so special to so many.

There are plans forming for a Celebration of Life for Ruth Lieder at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden on August 10 in the afternoon. Details will be available soon in local newspapers.

See you in the Garden,

P.S. Thanks for the encouragement, Ruthie.
Corporate Sponsor: Mountain High Landscapes
SBG welcomes its newest Corporate Sponsor, Mountain High Landscapes ! " We draw inspiration for our work from the beautiful place in which we live." MHL is a Platinum Master Gardener sponsor.
Corporate Sponsor: Lee Gilman Builders
Lee Gliman Builders : " Work with people you enjoy and trust. Build beautiful spaces together ."
LGB is a Silver Pollinator sponsor.
Board Member Spotlight:
Dean Hernandez
Dean Hernandez joined the SBG Board of Directors in January 2019. P rinciple designer and owner of Gardenspace Design , Dean brings over 30 years of landscape design-build experience, 18 of which have been here in the Wood River Valley. Dean brings an extensive knowledge of all aspects of the design and construction process to Gardenspace Design projects.

As a member of SBG's Site Committee, Dean brings a unique perspective and high level of expertise to discussions about new and improved areas here at the WRV's own public botanical garden.

Like most of us, Dean also loves to get outdoors and enjoy the abundance of activity surrounding us in beautiful south-central Idaho and beyond. We're honored by his service to SBG!
Thank You for Supporting SBG's
24th Annual Garden Tour!
Call for Nominations for 2020!
Thanks to all of our sponsors, advertisers, and volunteers for the remarkable success of the 24th annual Garden Tour!

2020 will mark a special occasion: the 25th anniversary of both the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and the Garden Tour!

We are seeking nominations for 2020 ~ a Gardening Retrospective : who has a beautiful, unique garden that showcases beautiful landscapes maintained either professionally or personally and may have unique elements or eclectic design? Self-nominations are welcome, or you may nominate someone you know.

Gardens do not have to be elaborate or extravagant or large. Just special. Hit us up with a reply to this newsletter!

Email Jen with your nomination for the 25th annual Garden Tour!
...Cross Pollination...
There's SO much to do! Whether it's an event happening at SBG or a community event that offers programming complimentary to SBG's mission, your dance card is pretty full in July and August here in Sun Valley. Enjoy yourself... and don't forget to stop and small the flowers!
Aimee Christensen and the Sun Valley Institute present the Sun Valley Forum , offering several free activities for all ages. The forum plenaries and breakout sessions will be complemented by opportunities for outdoor activities and networking. Bring family for the  Youth Forum , stay for  Adventure Day  an d beyond!  SBG appreciates the Sun Valley Institute's mission-aligned objective for lasting quality of place, advancing economic, ecological and social resilience by pioneering transformative solutions, driving awareness and convening leaders and innovators for global and local impact.

Katherine Pleasants is offering a "Cultivating Compassion through Mindful Creativity" workshop at SBG on August 8, 10:00-12:30. The workshop offers a talk , mindful mediation project and guided mediation at SBG's prayer wheel in the Garden if Infinite Compassion. Call Katherine to RSVP: 208-720-5824.
Events, Activities, and more!
Healing in the Garden is a chance to experience several healing modalities led by local practitioners. The Katherine Pleasants events is a benfit for SBG: all proceeds go to the Garden! Sunday, July 28 10:00-2:00 call 208-726-9358 for more information and to register.

FINAL Wildflower Walk happens on July 25th! Meet at the Garden at 9:30 AM, bring a lunch and appropriate clothing and travel with experts Jeanne Cassell and Cynthia Langlois to the spot with the best wildflower viewing around!
Gimlets in the Garden: " We're getting back to our Roots !"
The Sawtooth Botanical Garden's summer gala event is one of a kind... and takes place in the very setting where you can see and experience the impact of your investment!

Scheduled on August 28th from 5:00 to 10:00 PM, Gimlets in the Garden offers live and silent auctions of over 75 packaged items and experiences sure to delight! DJN8 offers up the tunes and Dale & Peggy Bates are back with line dancing fun! Sun Valley Resort has generously donated a Challenger Ski Pass for our raffle (a $2475 value!!)... seating is limited so your chances of winning are tremendous!

Tickets on sale NOW: $150 per person or $1500 for a table of 8-10.

Signature vodka gimlets served up by Gray Ottley and the world's largest Idaho potato vodka distillery, Distilled Resources, Inc.

Get ready to party in the Garden FOR the the Wood River Valley's own public botanical garden!
The Connector Garden
Come see SBG's newest garden area: The Connector Garden! Funded by the Sun Valley Garden Club (now the Sawtooth Botanical Garden Club!) that offers a beautiful connection between the Garden of Infinite Compassion to the north of the Visitor Center and Greenhouse to the Alpine Garden and perennial gardens to the south.

The Connector Garden offers up many beautiful pollinator-attracting species and happens to be in very close proximity to our indoor honeybee hive!
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.

Celebrating Plants ~ Inspiring People!