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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 86 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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English first
Mandeville, Louisiana
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were pleasanty surprised by Boise overall. My 18 year old son and I were visiting Boise for a Niece's wedding on Friday August 8 and got into town very early on August 7 and did some sightseeing before the wedding. Overall it was a great day outside in Boise. We stayed at the Grove Hotel, a short walk to... More

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Salem, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We love botanical gardens and this one is not to be missed. Really well done, beautiful and we had the thrill of meeting people visiting Boise as part of a Botany conference...really! Like plants? Don't miss this.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I went to the Botanic Garden for an evening musical performance. The gardens are lovely; a perfect spot to enjoy both the lush greenery and a fun musical performance. Most people brought picnics, but the food and wine for sale was very good. This is a terrific spot for all--singles, couples, friends, and families. The dance space was lively. A... More

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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a fairly small botanical garden in my mind. However, it does have a good section on native plants which makes it worth the visit.

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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Really enjoyed. Unusual dessert plants. Cooking demos, movies, talks, art etc. A must if in Boise. Open late for summer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Enjoyed the variety of gardens. Went on a Monday so it was not crowded. I would recommend early morning or a cool day if you want to see it all as some areas don't offer a lot of shade and are worth seeing. Also loved the collection of garden art.

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Katy, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you like flowers and plants of all kinds this place is definitly worth visiting. It was beautiful.

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Boise, Idaho
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Waited 7 years to go. Not sure why! What a beautiful day. This is a gorgeous spot. Great place for a date with your husband, girlfriend or bonding with your daughters. I so want to have my daughters wedding there. Took out of town guests ad they enjoyed it immensely. Will be going back with a picnic soon.

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Boise, ID.
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

What a nice place to visit, have a peaceful walk and enjoy the flowers, trees, rocks .... just mother nature, wonderful !

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34 helpful votes 34 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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