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National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 9


A well-kept garden is a sight to behold, but it's also a lot of work--and all it takes is a neighbor kid's mischief to bring it to ruin. Luckily, Boise is home to the Idaho Botanical Garden, and you can see all of nature's jewels without spending every weekend this summer trying to develop your green thumb. Even better, on National Public Gardens Day, you can do that for free. That's right, from open to close on Friday, May 9, Idaho Botanical Garden is offering free admission in an effort to draw attention to public gardens and offer helpful suggestions for those looking to create their own backyard oasis of foliage.

Organizations including Madeline George Garden Design Nursery and Willowglen Landscape will be on hand to give guidance regarding conservation efforts and sustainable green practices. Educational carts will be located throughout to teach garden-goers about everything from carnivorous plants to how-to's on tomato sauce. Vendors such as Bel Cibo, Crooked Fence Brewery and Indian Creek Winery will offer their wares and free cake will be passed around at 1 p.m. in honor of the garden's 30th anniversary.

The Idaho Department of Mining and Geology, also a part of the Old Idaho Penitentiary Historic District, will host a free open house and guided hikes for those seeking adventure.