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Idaho Botanical Garden

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Small but well-done, with good variety

We visit botanical gardens when we travel to new cities, and we were pleased that our home garden... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Miami, Florida
Unique Botanical Garaden Location

Last summer, we had the pleasure of visiting Boise, ID and really enjoyed our visit to the Idaho... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Asheville, North Carolina
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Cultivate. Educate. Celebrate. Enhance your community and enrich your life. The Idaho Botanical Garden 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...more
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2355 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712
+1 208-343-8649
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visit botanical gardens when we travel to new cities, and we were pleased that our home garden membership was honored for reciprocal admission at IBG. This garden is small, but is obviously a labor of love for the Boise community. The garden is arranged...More

Thank ZamiaV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last summer, we had the pleasure of visiting Boise, ID and really enjoyed our visit to the Idaho Botanical Gardens. It is located on the grounds of the old state prison, believe it or not! The area is divided into several different types of gardens...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let me get my main gripe out of the way first: we found it impossible to tell from the poorly drawn brochure map where the paths were directed, coming up to apparent dead ends where the map showed connections, etc. This frustration kept interrupting our...More

Thank Ken B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We always visit botanic gardens when we travel. I'm glad we came to this one! It is a medium size operation that has been very thoughtfully laid out and very well executed. We enjoyed our visit much and highly recommended it to you. The staff...More

Thank knownalias
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had numerous gardens and paths. Being out of towners, the most enjoyable was the Lewis and Clark path, showing a history of native plants, the expedition, and the impact Sacajawea had on them. I think it was $5 each for seniors - also had a...More

Thank Scud1952
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a nice garden worth talking a walk through. You can see the pride the gardeners take in this growing attraction. You can easily spend a couple of hours strolling and exploring. We stumbled on an old graveyard, which is actually the cemetery for...More

Thank Ed Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a great value. We visited in September, when the gardens aren’t at their peak, but still found much in bloom. There were many volunteers tending the gardens, and all were friendly and helpful when we asked about different plants. My parents enjoyed...More

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Such a hidden gem. Love the tranquility of this place. We saw squirrels chasing each other around and bunnies hopping around! There’s a koi pound with the garden. They say pictures don’t lie...

Thank Momma808
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We thought that it was beautiful. We have been there several times. I think spring and fall are the two best times as the flowers are in full bloom then. The gardens are stunning. Lot of places to stop and rest if you need to...More

Thank Janet A
Reviewed 4 September 2018

We visited here on Saturday, a week ago. It just happened to be during the 25th Annual Koi Show. So, admission was FREE! (Saved $12.) The Idaho Botanical Garden is very nice, and will get even nicer over the years ahead. (That's how it is...More

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Jessica B
18 September 2018|
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Response from 386richard | Property representative |
Hello - Bring in a picnic! Only restrictions are no outside alcohol. FAQ on website.
12 March 2018|
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Response from kim d | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Much of the garden is wheelchair accessible. Although not all of it. As above, there are some ramps, wide paths, and so on.
6 June 2017|
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Response from Sowellman | Reviewed this property |
I volunteer at the garden and pets are not allowed inside. If you go to the "policies" page on the IBG website, you will find the answer.