Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Elfin magic?

Garden tour guaranteed to make you believe in topiary fairies

Express Staff Writer

    For those among us with a black thumb, thankfully, there is the voyeuristic equivalent, the garden tour.
    The Sawtooth Botanical Garden will host its 18th annual Garden Tour on Friday, July 12, from 3- 7 p.m. The tour will include six elegant gardens in the Warm Springs area of Ketchum. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. For $50, you can get the tour and an annual individual membership. There will be a cocktail party at the final garden on the tour.
    Buoyed on the possibilities, keep the buzz for gardening alive and join the fun at Magic in the Garden party, set for Saturday, July 13, from 6-9 p.m., at the garden south of Ketchum.
    The summer celebration will feature an old-fashioned carnival complete with midway games, fire jugglers, stilt walkers, creative cocktails, delectable foods, a silent auction and many more mystifying acts benefiting the Wood River Valley’s only public garden. Local bartender Ryan Sullivan will mix cocktails and award-winning magician and variety entertainer Elias Caress will display his talents.
    Experience the revitalization of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden all summer long as they begin to build a new event gazebo, redesign the perennial gardens to include the introduction of edible landscapes, an English knot garden, citrus in the greenhouse, new gift shop and many more inspiring additions.
    People can also visit the 800-pound bronze prayer wheel, the only of its kind in the U.S., donated to the garden to commemorate the visit of the Dalai Lama. It is filled with 1 million hand-written prayers of peace.
    Tickets for Magic in the Garden are $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight.  To RSVP for both events, call 726-9358 or email  
    Visit to learn more about upcoming events, educational opportunities and programs.
    The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is open daily from dawn until dusk on the east side of state Highway 75 at Gimlet Road, south of Ketchum.

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