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Idaho Botanical Garden

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Address: Historic District, Boise, ID 83712
Phone Number: +1 208 343 8649
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Winter aglow

Visiting the gardens during Winter Aglow is my favorite time of the year to go. The gardens are so beautiful lit up!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Boise, Idaho
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Boise, Idaho
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visiting the gardens during Winter Aglow is my favorite time of the year to go. The gardens are so beautiful lit up!

Thank mrscarpenter2011
Lakewood, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am a Master Gardener, so I try to visit gardens when we are traveling - this is a lovely garden, on the same site as the Idaho State Penitentiary - there are abandoned guard towers in the garden. The garden is divided into several theme gardens - vegetables, herbs, English, rose, native plants and fire resistant gardens. The grounds... More 

Thank Mel H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to the Blues fest, great venue for an outdoor concert. Nice to be able to walk around and see all the flowers and greenery the place has to offer.

Thank Alfredmr
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried to visit the gardens with a nightmare journey through Boise due to a bridge closure in the town and no real diversion directions around it. When we finally got to the gardens, we discovered it was closed for the Boise Blues festival. This wasn't mentioned in any of the pages on the website you would expect to find... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Flowers Quotes The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see... More 

Thank romy k
Palmdale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little botanical garden. Peaceful way to spend a few hours -all built on the exercise yard of the Old Penetentary. Don't forget to check out the old cemetery.

Thank TanyaRussell_13
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This may not be the biggest garden out there, but it was a wonderful place to spend a morning. It is inexpensive to visit and the various gardens are interesting to view. I enjoyed the Lewis and Clark section and the garden about firewise landscaping. The garden is on part of the penitentiary grounds, so you can learn a bit... More 

Thank Gayle Z
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This garden is in an excellent location right by the river and the park. Some good history about the garden too. Very peaceful place.

Thank Nick N
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful botanical garden. Built on the grounds of the old state penitentiary, it is an excellent example of re-using an historical setting without wiping out the history. Well-organized and displayed, it offers numerous types of gardens supplemented with information on Idaho history and the inhabitants of the penitentiary. It's also a good place for a picnic lunch.

Thank Debbie W
Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Adjacent to the Old Idaho State Penitentiary, this education center is a celebration of native species to include water conservation landscapes, and specialty gardens to include: English, herb, children's, meditation, veggies, fire wise, and a specialty Lewis & Clark Garden.

Thank IrishLady8

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