Finding that special someone has never been easy. And when you're looking for a person who shares your values and tastes, the search gets even harder.
For you singles with green thumbs, there's Weed Dating at Earthly Delights Farm. Today, you can show up at the farm, 3516 Hawthorne Drive, at 6:30 p.m., toss back a few brews from Payette Brewing and get your hands dirty pulling weeds with other singles. The event is free, and who knows? You might meet a future plus-one.
"I think there's a tendency in our valley to misunderstand how engineered our valley really is, said Dr. Jennifer Stevens, an expert on water rights, land use, urban planning and mining.
Today from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Stevens will deliver a free lecture at the Washington Group Plaza Executive Dining Room titled "From Wild Sage to Farm" on behalf of the Idaho State Section of the American Water Resources Association (IDAWRA). The talk is free to attend.
"Sage to Farm" will cover 100 years of Boise River and Treasure Valley history from the beginnings of permanent white settlement in the area to 1950. Topics include the changing Southern Idaho landscape during the period, zoning issues, private irrigation, public management and the taming of the Boise River.
In next week's Boise Weekly, we'll touch on some of the major plant and garden sales taking place in the Treasure Valley, but if you're itching to get your green on before Friday, May 3, don't fret: The Native Plant Sale, part of Earth Day and Native Plant Appreciation Week, takes place today at the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center behind the Idaho Fish and Game headquarters building from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The sale presents a number of native plants, from the drought-resistant to those that are sun sensitive. For a list of available varieties, click here.
With the sunny spring weather, there's a lot of joy going around about backyard gardens. Today, that sentiment spreads to the North End Organic Nursery and the Main branch of the Boise Public Library.
Starting at 6 p.m., the North End Organic Nursery is putting on Best Plants for the Rocky Mountain West. Author and public speaker Mary Ann Newcomer will be on hand to discuss the plants that thrive in Boise's high desert environment. She'll also be signing copies of her latest book, Rocky Mountain Gardener's Handbook. The event is free. For more info, call 208-389-4769.
Also beginning at 6 p.m., the Boise Public Library Hayes Auditorium is hosting Growing and Designing a Beautiful Lawn and Landscape. Kathryn Albertson Park crew chief and manager Dave Beck, and landscape architect Toby Norton discuss grass growth and maintenance, hydrozones and strategies for growing the thickest, greenest lawn in your neighborhood. This discussion is also free. For more info call 208-384-4200.
The smart gardener doesn't just kill weeds—he or she learns all about weeds the way a master tactician studies a worthy opponent. That's why the Idaho Botanical Garden is hosting Garden Weeds today at the IBG Cottage.
The workshop, taught by Dr. Don W. Morishita, University of Idaho professor of Weed Science and Extension Specialist, explores ways of planning ahead to minimize the effort you'll spend weeding your garden this season.
Garden Weeds starts today at 6:30 p.m. and costs $10 for members and $15 for the public. For more info or to register, call 208-343-8649.
Everyone has eyes bigger than their stomachs. Case in point: the 2013 Boise Flower and Garden Show at Boise Centre. Sure, you could take the eyes/stomach as a metaphor—the exhibition will host more home and garden ideas than you could possibly implement, like hundreds of plants, lawn art, lawn furniture and orchid displays—or literally, as in, "I went to the Flower and Garden Show and now I'm growing tomatoes and cucumbers too big for my stomach to handle."
Today is the show's last day before it packs up until next year. Running from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., it's home to more seminars, Bonsai trees, orchids and flower competitions than you can shake your shovel at. Admission costs $8.