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“Lovely place to spend an afternoon” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Idaho Botanical Garden

Idaho Botanical Garden
Ranked #9 of 124 things to do in Boise
Certificate of Excellence
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Tucson, AZ
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209 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
“Lovely place to spend an afternoon”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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Boise, Idaho
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63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A Christmas Must See”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

We went last Christmas to see the holiday lights and what a wonderful surprise - so beautiful! Enjoy the hot chocolate!

Visited December 2011
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Boise, Idaho
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48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“So many new things to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

If you are an old timer in Boise, you might not recognize the new IBG. So many new areas, it has really expanded. The Great Garden escapes are a fun time with family and kids. Bring a picnic, your own alcohol and have music in the air and good conversation.

Visited August 2012
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Billings, Montana
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Absolutely beautiful!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Idaho Botanical Gardens is a must see if you are in the area! It is right next door to the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. Give yourself a lot of time if you enjoy flowers/landscaping! There are many different gardens within the Botanical Gardens to see. (English, Asian, local, etc.) There was such an amazing variety of plants, flowers and trees! It was lovely!!! Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat! Drink a lot of fluid if it's hot!

Visited June 2012
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Boise, Idaho
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Must see family friendly place to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

A peaceful place on the edge of the Boise foothills. Children's garden, rose garden, tribute to Lewis and Clark, much more, and great views back over downtown. Trailhead for several hikes including Table Rock.

Visited August 2012
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