Beautiful vegetable garden at the Idaho Botanical Garden

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Today we visited the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, and I saw this beautiful vegetable garden. I thought you’d like to see it too.

Field fence arbor and vegetables at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Beautiful vegetable garden at the Idaho Botanical Garden.

Field fence arbor and vegetables at the Idaho Botanical Garden.

Whenever I travel, I always try to visit the local botanical garden. I get such inspiration from their plantings. You can see new varieties of vegetables and flowers to brighten your own garden. Botanical gardens often have AAS plant trials, and it’s a good way to see how new plants perform in a particular area.

I just thought this vegetable garden at the Idaho Botanical Garden was so pretty this time of year.

I just thought this vegetable garden at the Idaho Botanical Garden was so pretty this time of year.

They also have enough money in their budget to do things in a big way. You can see different planting styles, structures and techniques like waterwise gardening and then adapt these ideas to your own personal space.

The herb garden with two kinds of basil along with hoops for frost cloth in the spring and fall, or shade cloth in the hot summer.

The herb garden with two kinds of basil along with hoops for frost cloth in the spring and fall, or shade cloth in the hot summer.

Above is part of the herb garden complete with picket fence. In the back of this photo is kale and cardoons with hoops for frost cloth in the spring and fall to provide protection from freezing temperatures. In the summer, the same hoops can be used for shade cloth, or for bug protection as part of an integrated pest management system.

This circular garden is especially nice.

This circular garden is especially nice. Kales and chard are the stars here.

So, when you get a chance to travel, try out the local botanical garden. From North Carolina to Idaho, there’s one near you.

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I’m a writer, born and raised in Oklahoma, and an obsessive gardener who grows shrubs, perennials and vegetables on my acreage each year. My favorite veggies have to be homegrown hybrid or heirloom tomatoes, Genovese basil and hot and mild peppers. It’s an Italian salsa garden at my house.


6 thoughts on “Beautiful vegetable garden at the Idaho Botanical Garden

    • It is! I’ve learned so much from botanical gardens and arboretums over the years. Usually they’re are on the cutting edge of innovation in the garden world. Thanks for commenting.

  1. Just wonderful! I am a sucker for beautifully laid out edible gardens. Really like the circular bed. Thanks for sharing Dee!! I love your habit of visiting gardens when you travel. I take thousands of photos of residential areas, is that creepy?? haha Never thought of seeking out the Botanical gardens, unless I happened to already know about them. Thanks lady!! : ))

    • Marie, I really liked the circular bed too. Love circles and spheres in the garden. No, I don’t thinking taking pics of houses and gardens is creepy. Ha!

    • Great suggestions. Here in Portland, Oregon, we have a plethora of ways to learn about companion gardening and ways to use natural critters to keep our gardens free of chemicals. Right now, the Blogger’s Fling is meeting here for the week. I can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

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