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Walk in pretty at the Idaho Botanical Garden

Idaho Botanical Garden’s new entry is planted with sun- and heat-friendly perennials, including nepeta, geum, agastache and annuals, including the always popular petunias and others.
Idaho Botanical Garden’s new entry is planted with sun- and heat-friendly perennials, including nepeta, geum, agastache and annuals, including the always popular petunias and others. Anna Webb

The Idaho Botanical Garden’s old entrance was a convergence of visitors, kids, garbage trucks and any number of other people and objects that had reason to visit the grounds near the Old Pen in Boise.

The new entrance, just south of the administration building is a roomy, bright and open space offering plenty of room for everyone — even making the garden more easily accessible to people who use wheelchairs.

The garden celebrated the new entrance, dotted with drought-tolerant perennials that include agastache, nepeta, geum, hesperaloe, yarrow and rudbeckia, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.

Local businesses, including Franze Witte Landscaping, Cloverdale Nursery, Bark Blowers, Monrovia Growers, Silver Creek Irrigation Supply, Skagit Gardens, Jensen-Belts, and Jeff Hartmann Designs all pitched in to enhance the new entrance that had been “weeds and dirt for more than a year,” said garden botanist Ann DeBolt.

The new entrance is part of the nonprofit garden’s master plan. That plan also includes installing other amenities, including a new sewer line and toilets and eventually, a new “multi-use space” with more room for educational programs, meeting spaces and more.

That will encourage more year-round use, said Erin Guerricabeitia, who was recently named the garden’s new executive director.

Check out upcoming garden classes and events at IdahoStatesman.com.

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