Idaho Botanical Garden is one of Boise's crown jewels. Not only does IBG host musical gatherings in the summer months, but it is also the permanent home to some of the most beautiful plant life in the state. From peonies and irises to native plants and herbs, the gardens have every variety to suit the botanist as well as the flower-admirer.
Unfortunately, not all of us have the green to see the green. If you're a plant-lover on a budget, mark Friday, May 10, on your calendar. That's when the Botanical Garden celebrates National Public Gardens Day with free admission from 10:30 a.m. to dusk.
It won't be a casual stroll-through-the-flowers affair. IBG staff is planning a full day of excitement for those in search of refuge in the foliage. Jazzy musical performances from Boise Straight Ahead will be the kickoff for the afternoon, starting around 2 p.m. Food truck favorites Rice Works, Saint Lawrence Gridiron and A Cupcake Paradise roll in around 5 p.m., along with Crooked Fence Brewing and Indian Creek Winery to provide staple summer beverages.
Throughout the day, local garden and environmental businesses will provide more information about their work so those of us without a green thumb of our our can stop killing everything in our own yards.