BOISE SPRING HOME SHOW, TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 16
The show features more than 200 displays covering everything from skylights to decks to landscaping. Buy a sprinkler, shop for doors or contemplate a chicken coop. Also, cooking sessions and more.
Where: Expo Idaho
When: 5-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Price: $5 adults, $4 seniors 62-plus, free age 12 and under
BOISE FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW, MARCH 21-23
Along with those garden-design ideas, there are seminars, a bonsai display, orchid display and judged flower show. Seminars will cover seed starting, lilies, vegetable gardening (with Mary Ann Newcomer, author of "Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States"), hardscaping and pavers, controlling pests and weeds and more. There are also Wine and Jazz Nights, a Buy Idaho Pavilion and more.
Where: Boise Centre, Downtown Boise
When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Price: $8, $3 youth ages 12-17, free under 12
NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY
When: 9 a.m. to dusk Friday, May 9
Where: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with free admission to the Idaho Botanical Garden. Get tips and advice from local vendors, see the new treehouse in the Children's Adventure Garden, enjoy cake in celebration of the garden's 30th birthday and more.
GARDEN TOUR 2014
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22
Price: $20 for Idaho Botanical Garden members; $25 for non-members.
Ticket details and other information will be available online at www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. This year's tour will focus on several private gardens in North Boise. Tour map coming soon. Now in its 28th year, the Garden Tour is a fundraiser for the Idaho Botanical Garden and its programs.
AREA LAVENDER FESTIVALS
When: Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13
Where: The Lavender Merchant in Kuna and Silver Fox Farm in the Emmett area
Information: Check the websites at http://thelavendermerchant.net and http://silverfoxlavender.com
There will be U-pick opportunities, lavender products, food, crafts and more.
Lakeside Lavender in the Nampa area (www.lakesidelavender.com) will be open from noon to 4 p.m. July 9-16 for cuttings and more.
ANNUAL KOI & GOLDFISH SHOW
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13
Where: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
Price: Free admission to the show and the Idaho Botanical Garden. More details to come at the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society website, www.iwgks.org.
PLANT SALES TO BENEFIT NONPROFITS
Saturday, April 26: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Idaho Native Plant Society, MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut, Boise. For information, visit www.idahonativeplants.org. The group publishes a plant availability list on the site closer to sale date. Idahonativeplants.org also has many resources for gardeners. (The members only-sale is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25.)
Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3: Idaho Botanical Garden Plant Sale. Members only from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (free with membership), and then open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (half-price admission that day!). Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Information: www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. Benefits IBG horticulture programs and ensures practical experience for College of Western Idaho horticulture students.
Saturday, May 3: 8 a.m. to noon Ada Gardeners plant sale, 10608 W. Cruser Drive (southwest corner Franklin and Five Mile). Vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals, bulbs, cacti, berries and dahlias. Proceeds benefit scholarships at the College of Western Idaho (CWI).
Saturday, May 3: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Catholic Women's League annual sale at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 510 W. Roosevelt, Nampa. Includes 30 varieties of peppers and about 60 varieties of tomatoes. Various flowers and herbs.
Monday, May 5, to Saturday, May 10: 1 to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. (Sale will likely continue on weekdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. until sold out.) Borah High School sale, 6001 Cassia St., Boise. Greenhouse at back of campus. More than 60 varieties of heirloom and hard-to-find tomato plants. Hanging baskets; custom "builds" for personal pots or baskets at the sale site. Email Darin.Zarbnisky@BoiseSchools.org for ordering and more information. Benefits the school's horticulture program.
Thursday, May 8, and Friday, May 9: St. Luke's Auxiliary Mother's Day plant sale. (7 a.m. May 8, Meridian Medical Center main lobby and 7 a.m. May 9, Boise Medical Center.) Plants provided by Edwards Greenhouse; proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital. Information: 954-1105.
May 8 and 9 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and May 12 and 13 (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.): Eagle High School at the greenhouses behind the school, 574 Park Lane, Eagle. Park in the teacher/bus parking lot (not the bus spots). Sale supports the Eagle High School botany program. Hanging petunia/geranium baskets, heirloom tomatoes/peppers/squash, herbs, succulents, variety of other annuals and perennials.
Friday, May 9: 4 to 6 p.m. Galileo School, 4735 W. Saguaro Dr., Eagle. Tomatoes, basil, other edibles as well as pollinating flowers.
Friday, May 9: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until sold out) Saint Alphonsus Auxiliary plant sale at the Portico, Boise. Proceeds help support various hospital and community projects.
Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Idaho Horticulture Society sale at the Boise Urban Garden School, 4821 W. Franklin Road (near corner of Orchard and Franklin), Boise. Locally grown annuals, perennials and vegetables.
Saturday, May 10: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. The Idaho Gladiolus Society sells a variety of plants including Mother's Day planters, annual and perennial flowering plants, vegetable starts, raspberry and strawberry plants and gladiolus corms. Proceeds support the annual gladiolus show in August.
Saturday, May 10: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Payette Valley Gardeners at the Portia Club in Payette, 225 North 9th St., Payette. Benefits the PVG as well as the restoration fund for the historic Portia Club building.
Saturday, May 10, and Saturday, May 17: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain View High School Greenhouse, 2000 Millenium Way in Meridian. Information: https://www.facebook.com/greenhousemvhsagmeridian.
Saturday, May 10: 9 a.m. to 1 pm. Bishop Kelly plant sale at the greenhouse on the east side of campus (7009 Franklin Road, Boise). Selection of annual and perennial ornamental plants as well as a large variety of tomato, pepper and herb plants.
Saturday, May 17: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wacky Weeders garden club sale, 624 Los Luceros Circle, Eagle. Information: 890-2695.
Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Golden Garden Club sale, 10305 Harvester Drive, Boise. Locally grown annuals, perennials, vegetables.
Saturday, May 24: Long Valley Garden Club, Valley County Fairgrounds, Cascade. Locally grown annuals, perennials and vegetables.
Check out another popular event Saturday, April 26: 8:30 a.m. to noon Hilda Packard's annual sale, 1917 N. 9th, Boise. While it doesn't benefit a nonprofit, this well-known sale has lots of fans.