IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN

IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden located on 50 acres at 2355 North Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, Idaho.

Until 1973 the site served as the Old Idaho State Penitentiary's farm and nursery. After the penitentiary was closed, the land lay dormant for more than a decade, and in 1984 the gardens were first created. The facility is operated by a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. To help fund the garden, an admission fee is charged for entry.

  • English Garden - plants typical to English gardens, selected to perform in the local climate. Designed by landscape architect John Brookes.
  • Herb Garden - herbs used for medicines, cosmetics, decoration, and cooking.
  • Idaho Native Plant Garden - representative plants from Idaho's desert and woodland environments, including sagebrush, syringa, native dogwood, and Idaho fescue.
  • Meditation Garden - mature trees planted in the 1930s and 1940s by minimum-security prisoners at the old Penitentiary.
  • Rose Garden - Heirloom and other old-style roses.
  • Water Garden - water lilies, iris, koi, frogs, aquatic insects, and occasional waterfowl.