Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Witness ‘Magic in the Garden’

Sawtooth Botanical Garden fundraiser set for Saturday

Express Staff Writer

There was plenty of excitement at last year’s Magic in the Garden.
Courtesy photo

    There is something magical about a garden in the twilight of evening.
    But on this one particular evening, Saturday, July 26, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden will be alive with magic you can see, hear and feel.
    The second annual Magic in the Garden Gala from 6-
9 p.m. will feature midway games, prizes, a silent auction, gourmet food, signature cocktails and entertainment with elements of surprise.
    The nonprofit garden south of Ketchum serves the Wood River Valley community and a wider south-central-Idaho region of more than 100,000. The five-acre garden is located off of state Highway 75, five miles south of Ketchum, at 11 Gimlet Road.
    The garden was founded in 1994 by a small local group of passionate gardeners and environmentalists.
    With the support of the Global Environmental Project Institute, this group was able to purchase the five-acre site, build a community building with a solar greenhouse, and begin their dream of establishing a public garden.
    The goal of the garden is to establish a place to build community through the understanding and exploration of both native and cultivated plants. The garden has provided a multitude of opportunities to “celebrate plants and inspire people,” a news release states.
    Through its free programs, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden provides information on gardening and ecological principles relevant to the areas climatic conditions and plant and human communities.
    “It is a renewable resource showcasing native and cultivated plants that flourish at high altitude,” the news release states. “The garden connects people to the region’s unique beauty and fosters environmental stewardship through education, events, displays and plant collections.”
    Throughout the year, the garden holds events such as wildflower walks and fun seasonal festivals such as Pumpkin Chuckin’ in the fall and Lights in the Garden in winter.
    For more information, visit or call 726-9358.

Call it magic
What: Magic in the Garden
Where: Sawtooth Botanical Garden, south of Ketchum.
Tickets: Available by calling
Price: $100 per person, $750 for a table of 8.


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