The gardens are composed of various "rooms", including an English garden, a rose garden, a meditation garden, and a children's adventure garden. There are many places to sit and enjoy the birds and the animals, lots of shade and quiet spots. The gardens are located against the base of the Boise foothills and right next to the grounds of the old state penitentiary, whose walls and watch towers provide a looming presence. Our favorite area was the Lewis and Clark native plant garden, which provided quotations from their diaries right next to the plants they mentioned. There was also a lot of information about Sacajawea, and her role in the success of their mission. There are hiking paths up into the foothills where native plants are featured. There's also a "firewise" garden, a xeric demonstration area, and a western "waterwise" garden. While many of the plants were marked, we would have appreciated even more signage and educational commentary. The Lewis and Clark garden was the best in this regard. We were pleased to witness the various scarecrow entries placed throughout the garden, part of their Scarecrow Stroll, and were happy to vote for our favorite. This is a lovely and a happy place, and we were really glad we visited.
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