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Idaho Botanical Garden

2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712
+1 208 343 8649
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Ranked #8 of 85 attractions in Boise
Type: Gardens
Traveler Description: Set in what was formerly the yard of the Old Penitentiary, this botanical garden features an English garden, gazebo, meditation fountain, tree house... more »
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pocatello
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143 reviews 143 reviews
65 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

So the Idaho Botanical Garden is right by the old penitentiary and if you get the chance to go on a tour you will learn about some of the history of the garden. From what i heard there were two prisoners hung were the present day garden is located at. So as you go there it is cool to know... More

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Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Love the botanical gardens here. They have done such a great job of making it inviting. Pretty walkways every where. Nice places to sit and contemplate. Get great ideas for your own yard here.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We visited during Winter Garden Aglow, which takes place every winter. Dress warmly because it gets cold! But there are fire barrels throughout the garden and free hot chocolate and cider to warm you up. The lights are unbelievable!

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Boise, Idaho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This place is wonderful! You could nearly call it a private park. Every time I visit I find something new to enjoy. Yesterday, it was bull frogs croaking madly in one of the ponds. A great place to take the family and enjoy the beauties of the earth!

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McCall, Idaho
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28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

no matter the season this is one of boise's greatest appeals to us! the winter aglow, the outlaw on the lawn concerts, and just wandering the beautiful gardens are always experiences worth going to boise for! there tends to be snooty people at their events so be aware!

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We heard about the winter lights display at the Idaho Botanical Garden and decided to go. It is hands down the best display of lights I have ever seen. Better even than the lights at the Grotto, in my hometown of Portland, OR. The displays were beautiful! It was a freezing New Year's night, but a perfect way to bring... More

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

You must go there if you are in the area. It is beautiful all year around. Mostly staffed by volunteers, you can tell they have put there heart and soul into all they do. During the Christmas season they do a spectacular display of lights. There are fires burning to warm cold hands and lots of cocoa and cookies. A... More

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I was recently at the garden enjoying all the Fall colors and flowers. It offers classes, music, entertainment and a members only plant sale. Worth joining just for the sale. Winter Garden A Glow is a family favorite every year

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Beautiful gardens, and an amazing holiday light display in November and December. Live music venue in the summer, but I won't go there again for music. Drunks and people stabding blocking any view of the stage is a bummer.

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57 reviews 57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This garden has a lot of diversity for the visitor from the English garden, to the Lewis and Clark garden to the Children's garden and other gardens. It hosts great bands in the summer and wine tasting events. In December, the Garden lights up its trees and schrubs in an amazing display of lights in its Winter A Glow show.... More

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