Idaho Native Plants Learning Landscape & Teaching Garden

With the help of a grant from the City of Boise Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant program, Hawthorne Elementary is installing the revolutionary and innovative Idaho Native Plants Learning Landscape & Teaching Garden. There are several themed areas planned for the garden:

  • Artists Garden
  • Sensory Garden
  • Pollinator Garden
  • Experimental and Creative Area
  • A sandstone amphitheater Classroom Space

Hawthorne Elementary School’s natural and creative landscape will foster an exploratory and inquisitive environment for our students and neighbors. The garden will encourage place-based learning by providing a landscape that features native plants, their pollinators, examples of regional geology, and opportunities for hands-on applied learning. The garden will enhance the curriculum by connecting it to the natural world. In this way, we are preparing students to be engaged citizens on a local and global scale. We believe there is a correlation between the experiences we have in nature as we grow up and whether, as adults, we are concerned about policies that affect our environment.


The garden is moving into its final phase and is scheduled for completion in December 2017.

Phase 3 includes plans for:

  • Round two of planting native plants
  • Installing raised planter boxes
  • Public artwork and signage.

The Hawthorne School Garden Committee consists of parents, teachers, students, local experts, and welcomes volunteers. If interested or if you have further questions, please contact the school at (208)854-5000.

So many thanks to our community partners and grantors, including:

  • City of Boise
  • Vista Neighborhood Association
  • Boise Schools
  • Dennis Professional Technical Education Center
  • ERIG Native Plants Society
  • Idaho Botanical Gardens
  • Idaho Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Hawthorne Elementary School Garden Committee
  • Hawthorne Elementary School PTO
  • Draggin’ Wing Farm
  • Stephanie Inman Design
  • Special thanks to Holly Hovis, Botanist, BLM
  • And Amy Pence-Brown, School Garden Coordinator

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