Saturday, September 19, 2020
Walk and Wine to Showcase Fine Wines, Filling Tapas and Gorgeous Flowers
The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is beautiful and soothing right now.
Thursday, August 20, 2020


A “Walk & Wine” and a “Gimlets in the Garden…With a Twist” will take the place of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s Gimlets in the Garden this fall.

And the Bug Zoo slated for this fall has been cancelled because of uncertainty regarding in-school activities this fall.

The garden will hold the “Walk & Wine” wine tasting and tapas affair on Wednesday, Sept. 2.  Guests may arrive any time between 4:30 and 6:30 that night to stroll between six separate stations spread throughout the various corners of the five-acre garden. A dessert station will cap the stroll.

Splashes of color can be found throughout the garden.

The event will conclude at 8:30 p.m., giving people plenty of time to enjoy the drinks, the appetizers, the art and the garden flowers.

A similar event but with cocktails called “Gimlets in the Garden…With a Twist” will be scheduled in early October. It, too, will feature heavy appetizers, raffle prizes and art work for sale.

Patrons can attend as individuals, couples or with a group of friends. Each walk will be limited to 80 people—about half of the attendance at the annual Gimlets in the Garden fundraiser.

“We held an incredibly safe and successful Garden Tour in July where our 500-plus attendees were physically distanced and wearing masks according to Blaine County COVID guidelines,” said Jen Smith, the garden’s executive director. “We hope to build on that success with two smaller, more intimate but still physically distanced fundraisers that offer both in-person and virtual philanthropic opportunities to support the region’s public botanical garden.”

Smith said the garden has seen a few more visitors than usual this summer. They include people traveling on road trips, some of whom who became familiar with the Sawtooth Botanical Garden through the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program.

“We’re also seeing a lot of locals come by who haven’t been here in year. And they’re realizing how much has changed since they were last here,” said Smith.

There’s plenty anew to see. A bountiful crop is coming on in the SBG’s "ed bed" where it planted a 5B Resilience Garden in conjunction with such partners as Local Food Alliance, The Hunger Coalition and Wood River Land Trust.

SBG has a "test garden" project in conjunction with the ISDA, and University of Idaho extension service that is testing frost hardiness for cultivated natives bound for landscapes throughout the region. And it’s  about to embark on a campaign to complete the Serenity Garden, which was started last year.

One group that will not be coming by this year are the many fans of the Bug Zoo. The two-week event which brought school classes to the garden to learn about tarantellas, snakes and more, was postponed from late April to fall because of COVID.

But, with the uncertainty regarding in-school activities this falls, organizers decided it was best to hold the Bug Zoo again when safety protocols have been lifted or drastically adjusted, said Smith.

“The Bug Zoo will be back!” Smith promised.

The garden will, however, holds its New Moon Dinners on new moon evenings in November, December, January and February. The catered events showcase the Central Idaho Dark Sky Preserve with astronomy experts pointing out the magic of the night sky.


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