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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Garden accessible?

About 75 percent of the grounds are accessible. Our Master Plan, currently under development, will make this a priority as we expand!

The garden covers roughly 15 acres. Most of the paths are gentle slopes with crushed rock. There are two brick pathways and a central plaza with brick. Plan on wearing sturdy walking shoes and being able to navigate stairs. Some of the staircases are made of sandstone and have a degree of unevenness, but many have another path as an option. Strollers can be pushed on most paths, and all-terrain wheelchairs are available at no charge. The walk from the admission kiosk to the more cultivated, shaded portion of the Garden is 212 yards long. This includes a 24 yards-long ramp that meets ADA slope requirements.

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Can we touch/collect the wildlife?

Guests are not permitted to touch wildlife present in the Garden without prior approval from department heads or staff in charge that day. If an animal appears injured or may pose a safety concern, please alert a staff member.

Are pets allowed in the Garden?

Pets are not allowed inside of the gates and fence. Well-behaved service animals on a leash or harness that have been trained to provide a service are welcome.

Can I take photos during my visit?

Visitors can engage in non-commercial photography during regular admission days and IBG-sponsored events. Appointments need to be made for commercial photoshoots or filming.

Getting here

Ride your broom, bike, or dragon. We love our planet and we love it when our guests use alternative forms of transportation. The Boise Green Belt makes for an excellent pre-event experience. But if driving is a must, here are some directions! 

2355 Old Penitentiary Road Boise, Idaho 83712

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