September~October 2019
Welcome to the September-October edition of Inspire! the Sawtooth Botanical Garden's monthly newsletter. We'll catch you up on our busy summer happenings as we prepare for snow(!) this weekend in the Idaho mountains and look forward to those glorious fall days in October and November. Plus, you'll read about exciting winter events and education opportunities! We have a lot to tell you about...
From the Director
I love autumn in the Wood River Valley. The bustle of the summer tourist season settles down, we get to see friends we haven't seen during the busy summer months, the gardens are put to bed in preparation for their blanket of snow, and the summer toys are exchanged for the winter toys.

The Garden gets pretty quiet. Aside from a few great educational offerings, brief visits to the Garden of Infinite Compassion (there always seems to be a reason to spin the wheel and offer up some good thoughts), the occasional snow removal operations, and that real need to feel the comfort of greenery just sitting for a bit in the greenhouse, we see fewer people and get the opportunity to plan and prepare for another great growing season.

2020 will be especially exciting for us as we celebrate the Sawtooth Botanical Garden's 25th year of incorporation as a nonprofit!

It's also the 25th anniversary of the Garden Tour and the 15th anniversary of the Garden of Infinite Compassion! We can guarantee there's going to be a festive atmosphere next year!

We are also preparing a new offering during the darkest of the winter months: New Moon Dinners. Situated at the southern tip of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve gives us the opportunity to show off our dark skies, offer up a delicious farm-to-greenhouse meal, adult beverages, fire pits, and telescopes and astronomers with the help of the Idaho Conservation League.
"Hey, what's that flower?" Jen at Buckskin Bill's Five Mile Bar on the Main Salmon River

We hope you will celebrate with us for one of these great events or an educational program or two as we continue to celebrate plants and inspire people!

See you in the Garden!
~ Jen
Gratitude for SBG's Corporate Sponsors!
Mountain High Landscapes !  MHL is our newest Platinum “Master Gardener” level corporate sponsor! Mountain High Landscapes:  “We draw inspiration for our work from the beautiful place in which we live.”  Thank you for your support!

Lee Gilman Builders ! LGB is our Silver “Pollinator” level corporate sponsor! Lee Gilman Builders:  “Work with people you enjoy and trust. Build beautiful spaces together.”  Thank you for your support!
Stone sculpture by Gabriel Embler
Two great offerings... tomorrow! And more!
September 28, Saturday 10 to 12. "Feng Shui Design for Your Garden" Hillary Anderson. Feng Shui addresses areas of your life and general flow. Bring your garden design and photos of your house and garden. Sliding Scale Cost. RSVP today.

September 28, Saturday 2 to 5pm. "The Art and Philosophy of Stone Balance" Gabriel Embler. Play with rocks and learn their lessons! $40. RSVP today.

October 23, Wednesday 6 to 8pm: "Oh, Deer! Winterizing Your Landscape From Foragers" Tony McCammon via Skype. $35.

October 26, Saturday 10:30-11:30am: "MELT Method". Shana Barry. A gentle, hands-off technique that reduces chronic pain, aches and stiffness; and improves flexibility, alignment, sleep & digestion. $20.

Call to register/reserve your space. Walk-ins also welcome if space allows. 208-726-9358 or email Kim at .
Blessings Abound!
We need to recognize a few very generous folks...

Kathleen Phelen Britt and Jim Britt, garden lovers extraordinaire, donated their Viking range to us this spring. It's beautiful and greatly expands our facility's utility for events. Thanks Kathleen!

Katherine Pleasants and a group of philanthropic wellness practitioners offered up a day of Healing in the Garden this summer. All proceeds came to the Garden to support general operations! These generous souls helped for the event:
Bridgett Aldrich Sabrina DeBree
Hillary Anderson Lynn Flickinger
Shana Barry Cindy Forgeon
Wendy Collins Katherine Pleasants
Judy Currie Liz Yuengling
Dalora Deal Mary Williams
THANK YOU!! We are planning more of these events for summer 2020!

We received generous donations from the Dondero Family to re-stain the wood elements of the Sawtooth Sandbox and from the Estate of Gordon Williams to re-stain the wooden structure that houses the prayer wheel. Thank you!!
With great patience and perseverance,the Nalen Family offered to honor late relatives with support for the Garden of Infinite Compassion's Serenity Pond area re-design project. Their generous financial contribution allows us to commence with the first phase of the project involving newly aligned pathways with "rooms" for contemplation, seating areas, and of course, beautiful plants! Stop by the Garden to see the plans for this project as we seek funds to fully complete it. If you would like to support this project, contact Jen at 208-726-9358 or
Technology that Helps!

PlantSnap is a new plant identification application endorsed by the American Public Gardens Association . Try it out!
Corporations that Help!

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden was chosen as an area nonprofit beneficiary of the Target Circle program. The program launches on October 6 when we will offer up some more information about how shopping at Target will benefit the Garden! Stay tuned...
Click on the image to learn more!
Giving Guide
of the Wood River Valley
Editor in Chief and publisher of the Giving Guide of the Wood River Valley, Suzanne Hazlette, says "The goal of the Giving Guide of the Wood RIver Valley is to build charitable awareness and provide a single resource about our valley's nonprofit organizations." SBG is fortunate to be centrally featured on pages 78 & 79 of the free publication - pick up your copy right here at the Garden!

Suzanne Hazlette of Hazlette Wealth Management also happens to be SBG's financial adviser who helps us with our Dayle Fowler Legacy Endowment Fund. SBG's Board of Directors carefully stewards this fund using its adopted Investment Strategy Policy and we are only about $40,000 away from our goal of building the fund to the targeted amount that will provide dividends to help with SBG's general operations. The Board would also like to establish a scholarship fund within the Fowler Endowment for educational programming. To help grow the fund, give Jen a call or email at 208-726-9358 or

Support this Mission-Aligned Effort
Celebrate the harvest and enjoy seasonal food and fun at the Fall Harvest & $5 for Farmers Launch Party hosted by Local Food Alliance & Wood River Farmers Market! 

Come learn about $5 FOR FARMERS - a new multimedia campaign and pledge to increase consumer purchasing of foods produced on regional farms!

If every Blaine County resident spends $5 on local food each week, it will add $5.7 million annually to our local food economy. Spending $5 for Farmers helps ensure the future of family farms in our region and nutritious locally grown food for our community. Go to  for more information and to take the pledge! 
Gimlets in the Garden thanks YOU!
Finally, we wish to say thank you to the entire community for helping with a successful Gimlets in the Garden! So many people and businesses helped to make the event so wonderful - much fun was had by all and we are so grateful!

Here are other ways you can support the Sawtooth Botanical Garden...

The Pet Memory Garden is located within the Garden of Infinite Compassion. Purchase a plaque in memory of your favorite pet who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Sign up for a New Moon Dinner happening this winter on Thursday, December 26, Friday, January 24 or Sunday, February 23 and find out why dark skies are such a cherished thing here. Staff and Board members are busy securing caterers, bartenders, astronomy experts, and other fun stuff for these events whose proceeds will help support SBG's general operations. Bring the whole family but sign up early... we have a 50-person limit for these farm-to-greenhouse dinners that will be served up in our newly heated greenhouse! There will also be fire pits and a snow bar outside and telescopes for night sky viewing on the dark side of the Visitor Center. Come join us for the fun and experience the Garden in winter time!

We had a record-breaking number of visitors to the Garden this summer. We appreciate Visit Sun Valley for helping us get the word out about the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and its wonderful garden areas, events, and educational programming. Thank you!!