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Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Ketchum

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Sawtooth Botanical Garden (5 acres) is a high-altitude botanical garden located off Highway 75 at 11 Gimlet Road, Ketchum, Idaho, United States. It is open to the public.

The garden was founded in 1994. It now includes a stream-side garden, ornamental garden, xeriscape garden, research area, a greenhouse (1550 square feet) displaying flowering perennials, herbs, and vines, and a main building.

In August 2005 a notable new garden was constructed, the Garden of Infinite Compassion, designed by landscape designer Martin Mosko, Zen Buddhist monk and abbot of the Hakubai Temple in Boulder, Colorado. It is an alpine garden with osteospurmum, arabis, arnica, alpine asters, poppies, orchids, columbine, and Lewisii, set with a waterfall, reflecting pond, and 16 rocks of up to 30 tons each, representing the 16 Buddhist arhats. The garden was built for a visit from the 14th Dalai Lama on September 13, 2005, who blessed the garden and a finely carved 400 pound Tibetan prayer wheel filled with over one million written mantras, one of only two such prayer wheels to be erected in the United States. Rather unusually, the prayer wheel is turned by the stream rather than by hand.

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  • An amazing place, well designed and with a Tibetan Prayer Wheel among the flowers and landscape. The overall experience was excellent.  more »
  • We visited in a late afternoon. There was no one around. We fully enjoyed this relatively small but unique garden. There are special plants for the high elevation and the sunroom is full of...  more »
  • Pleasant garden that displays the love and passion of the community of volunteers who tend to it. The prayer wheel that the Dalai Lama gifted Sun Valley was neat to see. I also enjoyed the artistic sculptures place around the garden. My daughter loved being able to see bee's building a hive. There were any happy buzzing bees pollinating the flowers and the land felt alive and bountiful.
  • It is so beautiful at this garden! We snuck in early in the morning when there was nobody else there. we have been to the interpretive center before and light all of the things that you could learn inside. But there's nothing better than wandering around all of the flowers early in the morning when nobody else is there smelling things and taking pictures and really enjoying if you get there early in the morning and you see that the gate is closed just open up the gate make sure you close it behind yourself and wander around in all the beauty.

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