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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 87 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
Cosmopolis, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

What a peaceful place to spend an afternoon! After attending a concert the night before we took advantage of free entry to the gardens. We enjoyed walking through the different gardens and sitting in the shade to enjoy the quiet. The vegetable garden was a fun change up and we spied a small rabbit hiding in the Swiss chard. We'll... More

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Natick,Massachusetts
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161 reviews 161 reviews
18 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a beautiful garden to see in Boise. It is right next to the penitentiary, so you can see both in the same day. It is well kept and maintained. We just wish there were more signage to identify the plants and trees.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I love the gardens. The Thursday concerts are one of my favorite summer activities. A lot to see and photograph in the gardens all year.

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Boise, Idaho
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a great garden to visit. My first experience was during the Christmas holiday. Lots of lights and great decorations. We went again in April for my daughter's birthday. Wasn't disappointed at all. Loved the new flowers and trees growing throughout the park. Want to visit again soon to see what else is popping up through the ground.

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Taos, New Mexico, Usa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

While I've been to several much larger botanical gardens, this one was very good. There are plenty of play areas for children and enough excellent exhibits to please the adults. The use of stone work and the old penitentiary gardens and walls makes this location unique. The succulents area is probably the weakest. A walk to the top of the... More

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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Caifornia
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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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ATLANTIC BEACH
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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