Western Mountains and High Plains
Shows & Events
Bug Day at the Idaho Botanical Garden
On Saturday, August 24, from 9 am to 3pm, learn about the exciting world of bugs in an adventurous environment at the Idaho Botanical Garden! Earn a "Certificate in Bugology," purchase edible insects, play bug bingo, participate in Insect Olympics, catch live bugs, and meet the experts. Bug Day is an entomological extravaganza, fun for the entire family. Admission is $4 for IBG members; $8 for adult non-members; $4 for kids 5-12; kids 4 and under are free. The Garden is located at 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, Idaho. For more information, visit http://idahobotanicalgarden.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_id=27 or call toll free: (877) 527-8233
Favorite or New Plant
The cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is one of the best plants for a water feature, at a pond's edge, or in a bog garden. It prefers a rich soil, well amended with compost and peat, and it should be planted outside the pond. The tall stems (2-1/2 to 3 feet) are spectacular in late summer and early fall with their bright red blooms. It is a magnet for hummingbirds during their migration, plus it adds color when much of the garden is starting to wane.