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Idaho Botanical Garden

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Address: Historic District, Boise, ID 83712
Phone Number: +1 208 343 8649
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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Botanical Bonanza in Boise!

Very impressed by this garden re-purposing the property of the former state penitentiary. Although there are the more typical rose, herb, and English gardens, I was most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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King Salmon, Alaska
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King Salmon, Alaska
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very impressed by this garden re-purposing the property of the former state penitentiary. Although there are the more typical rose, herb, and English gardens, I was most impressed by the gardens more in context with Idaho and high arid locations. The firewise presentation garden and trial gardens for turf were great. I very much enjoyed the Lewis and Clark garden... More 

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Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a larger spread than it appears when you pull in, and a bit of good exercise as you climb and climb while working your way around. This is such a beautiful, well-tended garden, and it is displayed in sections according to history and region. The coi display was breathtakingly beautiful. We suspect that the grounds was the old... More 

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Victor, Idaho
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We like to visit botanical gardens whenever we can. We were in town for a family reunion and this was on the top of my list of things to do. I was not disappointed. I did not know it was going to be part of the old penitentiary, but that just added an extra level of interesting to the visit.... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

For a couple of real horticultural snobs, this botanic garden really surprised!! The collection was well displayed and the location was really neat.

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01562
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We visited the Idaho Botanical gardens while we were vacationing in Boise. If you like gardens it is a must see when you are in Boise. They were very beautiful and there was a lot to see. They had a lot of pretty flowers and plants. We could not believe how big the place was. They next time we are... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Great garden with lot of varieties of plants and flowers all located in a very interesting location partially on the side of a hill and next to the old territorial prison. Enjoy.

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Redwood City, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We visited this botanical garden at the height of summer in a hot dry spell. Surprising that they have been able to keep the garden looking lush in these conditions. Definitely worthwhile for a quick visit - whether you like gardening or not. If you do, you'll find some good ideas for plants appropriate for the Boise climate - all... More 

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Lutz, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I went here with my parents when I first moved to boise. It was during the falls festival and there was a pumpkin/halloween contest going on. We enjoyed the weather and beauty. It would probably take a few hours to walk the whole place. It is right at the Old penitentiary so you could make at least a half day... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

What a great venue for a holiday party! Great views of the city and surrounding landscape - excellent photo opportunity.

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Pocatello, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Have visited this garden 3 times in summer, 2 times for the Garden Lights Aglow Christmas lights, and 1 time in the fall for the scarecrow stroll. Our favorite time to visit is Christmas. We visited the garden last on July 3, 2015 when they were having free admission from 3-8. Really enjoyed hearing the Air Force Band from California.... More 

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