Visitor Services

Enriching people’s lives since 1984…

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The Idaho Botanical Garden, one of the oldest botanical garden in Idaho, is a lush 15-acre tapestry of dappled shade and vibrant splashes of color. A peaceful haven nestled in the Boise Foothills, located in the heart of Old Penitentiary Historic District. The Garden promotes gardening in the Treasure Valley using native and domestic plants that are adapted to the intermountain region. The Garden is home to over 800 species of plants, from 42 families, located in 14 specialty gardens.

The Garden is open year-round. There’s something new to discover every season of the Garden, so you’ll want to visit again and again!


The garden offers the following services to provide visitors to the Idaho Botanical Garden with a pleasant and interesting experience.

The Garden Store

Moving to the Cottage inside the Garden Summer 2016, The Garden Store is filled with everything from garden tools to T-shirts and hats to wonderful gifts and souvenirs.  Whether you need a piece of equipment to assist you in your garden or a special memento of your visit to the Garden, you will find it among the many wonderful items in The Garden Store.  Proceeds benefit the Idaho Botanical Garden.

Horticulture Library

The Idaho Botanical Garden Find the Idaho Botanical Garden Library located in the Administration Building where you can search out horticulture books and references. Idaho Botanical Garden members can check out books for up to 2 weeks!


The Idaho Botanical Garden does not have indoor facilities at this time.  Portable restrooms are provided for visitor use.  Two basic portable restrooms are located on the south end of the brick road.  Two additional portable restrooms (one is ADA accessible) are located to the south of the Garden Cottage across from the Education Facility.  The Garden’s Master Plan includes a provision for permanent indoor restrooms as soon as funds can be raised.  In the interim, we appreciate your understanding.


Nearly all of the Garden is accessible by wheelchairs, strollers, walkers and canes by using the available ramps (See Ramps section below), brick pathways and the mowed lawn areas.  Two wheelchairs are provided free of charge and are located in the “Green Shed” on the west side of the Garden Cottage.  IBG is grateful to St. Lukes Hospital for its generous donation of these two wheelchairs.


There are various ramps to assist visitors in traversing the Garden.  To move from the lower Garden to the middle Garden, use the ramp that starts on the north side of the Cottage and circles the Herb Garden.  Follow the path around the herbs and then turn right to cross the bridge and go up to the brick pathway.  This will bring you right to the middle Garden.  To view the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden, the Don Dick Outdoor Classroom and the Old Pen Cemetery, use the access ramp located on the east side of the upper parking lot.  All of the ramps and walkways are ADA accessible and LESS than 5% grade.


Parking is available before you reach the Garden entrance in the parking lot. ADA accommodations are also available. Please ask the Visitor Services representative in the kiosk for more information or call (208) 343-8649.


Click on the Idaho Botanical Garden on the map below for directions