Western Mountains and High Plains
Shows & Events
2013 Garden Tour and Gala at Idaho Botanic Garden
On Saturday, June 22, Have dinner with Ciscoe Morris, author of national bestseller Ask Ciscoe -- Oh La La! Enjoy cocktails, dinner, dessert from Le Bisou Sweets and live music in Skip and Esther Oppenheimer's private garden. Special tribute rose bushes will be for sale in honor of the Jane Falk Oppenheimer Heirloom Rose Garden at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Renowned pianist Del Parkinson will present a short performance. Tickets are $100 and include admission to the Garden Tour. Contact the Garden at 343-8649 for more information.
The 2013 Garden Tour takes place the next day, Sunday, June 23, from 10 am to 5 pm, and features six Boise homes in addition to the BLM Fire Wise Garden neighboring the Idaho Botanical Garden. Now in its 27th year, the Garden Tour is a fundraiser for the Idaho Botanical Garden, its plants and programs. Tickets for the tour are $20 members; $25 non-members. Tickets may be purchased prior to the Tour at the Idaho Botanical Garden administrative office, Monday - Friday from 9-4 p.m., online, or the day of the Tour at any of the private gardens on the Tour. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://www.idahobotanicalgarden.org/.
Favorite or New Plant
Spotted Dead Nettle
Spotted dead nettle (Lamium maculatum) produces a mat of variegated foliage to enhance the shade garden. Leaves are marked with a stroke, splash, or almost complete coat of silver, bringing light to dim locations. In part shade and moist, well-drained soils, spotted dead nettle will grow quickly and fill in open spots. It readily roots at the leaf joints to form a tidy ground cover. The short spikes of hooded flowers, although not the main attraction, also create a nice display. Blooms appear in late April to early May on short spikes and are typically pink, but there are cultivars with rose-pink and white flowers. Use lamium as a ground cover under trees and shrubs, on shaded slopes, in shade gardens, and as a cover for bulb gardens. Use it in containers and hanging baskets to accent annual flowers. The foliage variegation creates movement in the garden, giving the effect of dappled light.