Top Ten Things and Places for Idaho Gardeners

Ten Best Gardens in Idaho (places you should go/see/do)

1. Take a nice leisurely drive across the Palouse in Northern Idaho in April/early May. The newly sprouted oh-so-bright-green fields do a gardener or farmer’s heart good. This is one of the world’s most productive wheat farming areas.

2. If you plan the trip in north Idaho just right, you could time it to coincide with Lewiston’s famous Dogwood Festival which takes place over three weekends in April.

3. Stroll the Shattuck Arboretum and Gardens in Moscow, Idaho, the jewel of the University of Idaho campus. Extensive collections of cedars, maples, hemlocks, and flowering trees representing 4 continents, and a new demonstration garden are sited on 63 acres across from the President’s house, 1200 W. Palouse River Drive, Moscow, ID. http://www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/arboretum/about.html

4. Go see the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise. You deserve a road trip, you know you do. Chat up the staff gardeners when you are there. www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. Just off Warm Springs Road at the Old Historic Penitentiary, 208.343-8649.

5. Seek out and find Charlie’s Garden in McCall Idaho. From the White Tail Lodge (old Shore Lodge) on Highway 55, take a right (headed NE) on Wagon Wheel Road, at approximately 3.7 miles you will see a wooden sign on the right side of the road. Created by the famous landscape designer and plantsman, Charlie Davidson, it is maintained by his heirs. A quiet, tranquil perennial paradise in the mountains of Idaho.

6. If new roses are your thing, check out the extensive and beautifully maintained collection at the Julia Davis Rose garden in Boise, Idaho, http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/ParksAndFacilities/Parks/page15927.aspx.

7. A wonderful place to share a sandwich, a cup of coffee and stare at world famous Mt. Baldy is from a bench in Memorial Park in Ketchum, Idaho, on the corner of 6th and Main.

8. If heirloom roses (those prior to 1867 when the first hybrid was introduced in France) are your true love, you can see a nice collection of them at the Idaho Botanical Garden.

9. Check out your local fair. The Eastern Idaho State Fair is held in Blackfoot; the Western Idaho State Fair in Boise, and the North Idaho State Fair in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

10. Every gardener should know the phone number of their country extension agent. Find your agent’s name and number here: http://www.extension.uidaho.edu/learn.asp. There are four regions in the state, and they are there to help you. Your tax dollars pay for this service so please use it as a wonderful resource.

Bonus “Best” Tips:

Buy yourself a pair of Felco pruners (you can thank me later and you WILL thank me).

Get a tetanus shot and if you don’t; well, I am sure I won’t hear from you.

Let me know of your favorite garden spot in Idaho. It just might be featured here next time!