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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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Caifornia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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ATLANTIC BEACH
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15 helpful votes 15 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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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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58 reviews 58 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 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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pocatello
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86 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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