Adult Education

The Idaho Botanical Garden offers classes, workshops and lectures designed to meet the needs of the amateur gardener. Over 40 classes are held annually, on a wide variety of topics including plant care, watercolor journaling, yoga, composting, low water-use gardening, carnivorous plants and creating cement leaves.

Become an Education Host

Volunteer to become an education host and participate in the Continuing Education classes for reduced cost or for free! Contact Elizabeth Dickey at or call (208) 343-8649 for more details and to sign up.


Continuing Education classes are limited. Online registration and phone calls may precede mailed in forms. Please register early by phone or online for the best chance of securing a spot in a class or workshop.

Or through the IBG Administrative office at
2355 Old Penitentiary Rd,
Boise, ID 83712
or by calling 208-343-8649.

Click the buttons below to register online. After reaching the Continuing Education online registration page, members must sign in or log in to receive the member discount. The discount will show up at the checkout screen. Call the Garden at 343-8649 if you have trouble registering online or receiving your member discount.

Pre-registration is required for all classes to ensure that a class is not canceled due to low enrollment and to allow for needed materials to be purchased.

REFUND POLICY: No refund is given unless the Idaho Botanical Garden cancels a class. If you are unable to attend a session, please contact the Gar­den before the class to transfer your reservation to another person, to attend another class held during the same quarter if a space is still available, or to request a donation letter for tax use.

See the link below for the current list of classes. Please call to receive registration materials by mail. You may register online, or in person at the administration office, and over the phone 343-8649, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Attending a class and need ADA parking? Please let us know in advance by calling 343-8649.


Register for Summer Classes

2018 Summer Schedule

Tai Chi in the Garden

DATES/TIME: Saturdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11; September 1, 8, 15,22 & 29 • 9:30 a.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Dale Massee, Tai Chi practitioner

COST: IBG Member: $0 • Non-Member Adult: $7 • Non-Member Senior: $5

LOCATION: Meditation Garden

No registration needed. Stop at the admission booth each Saturday to pay admission or check in. Wear comfortable clothing for the outdoors.

Become centered within the invigorating morning sounds and scents of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Tai Chi, an internal art incorporating meditation, has been described as magical and as poetry in motion. This popular class is suitable for beginners.

Techniques for Collecting Insects

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 12 • 6:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Paul Castrovillo, ISDA Entomologist

COST: IBG Member: $12 • Non-Member: $17

LOCATION: Classroom

Have you ever considered making an insect collection or just getting out into the field to find insects to learn what they are doing? Paul has been hunting, collecting and studying insects for over 50 years. During that time he learned many of the traditional methods, experimented with some and came up with some tweaks and short cuts to make them work even better. This class will cover 1) how and where to find insects, 2) how to collect them, 3) how to process them for building (and properly maintaining) a scientifically valuable collection and 4) how to identify specimens.


Adult/Child Cement Stepping Stone Workshop

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 16 • 10:00 a.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Dickey, IBG Education Director

COST: IBG Member: $25 • Non-Member: $30

LOCATION: Picnic Tables by Maintenance Building

Dress in clothing suitable for working with cement. The class is limited to 10 adult/child pairs.

 Adult/child pairs work together to create two stepping stones decorated with a choice of materials – leaf prints, tiles, or glass pebbles. Pick up your finished product the following weekend.


 Pond Care Basics

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 19 • 6:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Bob McKay, IBG Certified Koi Keeper

COST: IBG Member: $15 • Non-Member: $20

LOCATION: Classroom

Having a pond for water plants and or fish for food has been a practice for a long time.  Keeping ornamental plants and fish in ponds solely for their beauty is a more recent thing.  Having a water feature that makes a pleasant sound and contains attractive plants and or fish can make a backyard an oasis for the mind and spirit.  We will cover pond design considerations, water quality, and plant and Nishikigoi (Koi) selections at an introductory level.

Native Plants That Beat the Heat

 DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 28 • 6:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Anna Lindquist, IBG Garden Lead

COST: IBG Member: $15 • Non-Member: $20

LOCATION: Classroom

This class introduces you to plants suitable for Treasure Valley landscapes. Heat tolerant shrubs, perennial flowers and grasses will be discussed. Come prepared to tour the Garden grounds, enjoy the evening outdoors, and learn about some of our favorite native plants.


Garden Yoga and Meditation

 DATES/TIME: Monday, July 16, 23, & 30 • 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

INSTRUCTORS: Marlene Gast and Carolyn Beaver, River Time Yoga

COST: IBG Member: $20 • Non-Member: $25

LOCATION: English Garden

The class is limited to 15 participants

Spend three days in the blissfully blooming English Garden, learn yoga poses to release the tension in your spine from tail to top. This opens you to your own inner bliss. A meditation period culminates in each class. These progressive classes provide instruction so you may continue these practices at home.


Faux Trough Workshop – SOLD OUT

 DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 23 • 6:30 p.m. (Part I) & Monday, July 30 • 6:30 p.m. (Part II)


COST: IBG Member: $25 • Non-Member: $30

LOCATION: Lower Greenhouse

This workshop is limited to 15 participants. Please bring gloves for painting and planting. Alpine troughs are the perfect low-maintenance container garden. These designs look like small-scale landscapes because they can be filled with alpine plants, which are miniature versions of popular perennials, or with easy-care succulents, which are also drought-tolerant.

Ann will show you how to create your own faux stone trough using a styrofoam container. You will make your trough on the first night of class (drill holes, apply paint and texturing material), when we will also discuss the history of alpine trough gardening. On the second night, you will plant your trough with a nice variety of easy-care plants.

Dehydrating Your Garden Produce

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 25 • 6:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Dave Hopkins, U of I Advanced Master Food Safety Advisor

COST: IBG Member: $12 • Non-Member: $17

LOCATION: Classroom

Learn how to safely dehydrate food with Dave Hopkins, using research-based food preservation information. Dave will cover dehydration techniques, supplies needed, the importance of using a research-based recipe, and where to find the information. Dave will also give you tips on how to incorporate your dehydrated goods into your everyday recipes.


Concrete Leaf Workshop

 DATE/TIME: Monday, August 6 • 6 p.m. (Part I), Monday, August 13 • 6 p.m. (Part II)

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Dickey, IBG Education Director

COST: IBG Member: $20 • Non-Member: $25

LOCATION: Lower Greenhouse

This workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Create a garden ornament using concrete and a large leaf. Cover your leaf with wet mortar mix and return to the Garden a week later to paint your unique garden treasure. All materials will be provided to make your own concrete leaf to use as a small birdbath or garden decoration.

Plants for Pollinators and Predators

DATE/TIME: Monday, August 27 • 6:30 p.m. (Part I), Wednesday, August 29 • 6:30 p.m. (Part II)

INSTRUCTOR: Sierra Laverty, Assistant Horticulture Director

COST: IBG Member: $20 • Non-Member: $25

LOCATION: Lower Greenhouse


Pollinators and predators are a gardener’s best friend! Join IBG staff member and insect enthusiast Sierra Laverty for a class on creating backyard habitat for “natural enemies”, bees of all types, butterflies and more. The first class (8/27) will focus on aiding insect predators of garden pests. The second class (8/29) will cover pollinator gardening and plant selection.