Pahove Chapter (Boise)

Welcome to Our Chapter                                                                    

Welcome to the Pahove Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society. We are located in Boise and support the citizens of the Treasure Valley and southwestern Idaho.  Anyone interested in botany, biology, wildlife, pollinators, landscaping, gardening, hiking, photography and/or simply being out in nature is very welcome to join.

2023 Activities 

Particpate in and/or volunteer for an activity with INPS. You’ll receive more information about how to become involved via chapter email.

  • May 14th, Sunday, 10am-3pm Wildflower Plus Show at the Idaho Botanical Garden Wildflower Show 2023 8.5 x 11
    • Enjoy this once a year opportunity to see and learn about the multitude of beautiful wildflowers growing in the Boise Front plus weeds and other plants attractively arranged and labeled. Our 5th Annual Wildflower Plus Show at the Idaho Botanical Garden brings the flowers and other interesting tidbits to YOU!
  • May 18th, Thursday, 8am-5pm, Orton Botanical Garden Tour. RSVP ASAP to reserve your spot on our bus tour to this one of a kind cacti, succulent, and xeric plant garden paradise. Orton bus tour 2023
    • Let’s take a journey together to a botanical wonderland.Join us for the Orton Botanical Garden Bus Tour to Twin Falls on Thursday, May 18, 8am-5pm. Cost is $35.00. Deadline to register is Monday, May 8th, by 10am. To register and pay, please go to: click on the Orton Bus tour link. Space is limited.
  • May 20th, Saturday, 10am-2pm, Adopt A Plot as part of the Boise River ReWILD Project. Meet on site at Eckert bridge. Sign up first please.
  • May 20th, Saturday, 9am-1pm (time may be adjusted) Friends of Military Reserve Trail Day with a Pahove hosted Native Plant Education Booth
  • June 17th, Saturday, 12pm-5pm, Adventure Days at Lucky Peak, Sandy Point. Educational booths and recreational vendors.

Please contact us at if you are interested in learning more or lending a hand.

 Presentations: 2022/2023

Our last presentation was in April, please join us again in October 2023 for more fascinating talks next season.

Nov. 8, 2022Rescheduled for Wed., Nov.16, 2022– Dr. Megan Cattau, Assistant Professor in Human-Environment Systems at Boise State University- Mapping of Invasive Species with Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UAS)
Dec. 13, 2022- Rob Laport, Assistant Professor of Biology & Director of the Harold M. Tucker Herbarium (CIC) at the College of Idaho- Hidden biodiversity: Genome duplication shapes pollinator visitation, herbivore specialization, and plant community structure
Jan. 10, 2023- Michael Mancuso, state INPS President- Made in Idaho: Idaho’s Endemic Plant Species
Feb. 14, 2023- Ron Bitner/Amy Dolan-Bees of the Treasure Valley
Mar. 14, 2023- Matt Lavin- The sagebrush sea in southeastern Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming: composition, distinction, and conservation value
Apr. 11, 2023- Bob Moseley- Revisiting Shangri-La: Photographing a Century of Environmental and Cultural Change in the Mountains of Southwest China.

Past Presentations 

Sept. 8, 2020-Don Mansfield and Barbara Ertter-Floristics in Southwestern Idaho
Oct.13, 2020-Roger Rosentreter-Cheatgrass In Idaho
Nov.10, 2020- Jack Nisbet-The Leiberg Family in Idaho, 1884-1907
Dec.8, 2020- Ron Bitner-Pollinator-related topic/ Bee Biology, TBA
Jan.12, 2021- John Keeley-Nexus Between Wildfire Catastrophes, Climate, and Population Growth
Feb.9, 2021- Carol Wilson-Mistletoe diversity and biogeography with a focus on dwarf mistletoe in the Idaho landscape
Mar.9, 2021-Josh Newman, USFS Forester-Bogus Basin Forest Management
April 13, 2021-Jennifer Sowerwine-Biocultural systems, food security, and eco-cultural restoration in the Klamath River Basin
May 11, 2021-Derek Antonelli-Conifers of Idaho
Oct. 12, 2021- Galls of southwestern Idaho by Samuel DeGrey
Nov. 9, 2021- Restoration plant material development in the Great Basin region of the United States: A History and Comparison of Research Approaches by Francis Kilkenny
Dec. 14, 2021- Barbara Ertter-New Discoveries and What’s Cool in the Boise Front 
Jan. 11, 2022- Pat Fields-A Look at the Miocene Flora of the Greater Idaho Region
Feb. 8, 2022- Peggy Owell-BLM National Plant Conservation Program
Mar. 8, 2022- Lynn Kinter-Idaho’s Wicked Plants: Painful, Poisonous, & Pernicious Species
Apr. 12, 2022- Israel Borokini-An unconventional career journey from Warm Tropical to Cold Desert Ecosystems

Plant These, Not Those (brochure drafted 2022)

This brochure offers ecologically appropriate alternatives to a handful of commonly available ornamental plants that pose a threat to our natural communities. 2 pages. Credit: Anna Lindquist and Pahove Board Members

Plant These! Not Those!. INPS. Pahove. v.FINAL (2) (1)-1


Held annually

native plant sale

Click below to learn more about previous plant sales!

(Please read below to learn more about what our local chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society does for our flora and fauna and our community.)
The Pahove Chapter:
    • supports native plant demonstration gardens at schools, local businesses, in our city, and other surrounding areas across the Treasure Valley

    • supports native plant restoration projects, such as the Yankee Fork project, the Birds of Prey Center project, and the Boise River project

    • funds native plant related publications, such as the Native Plant Coloring Book, Native Plants fandex, and Mirabilis brochure

    • funds teaching materials, such as field guides

    • sponsors plant workshops, such as the Astragalus, Brassicaceae, and Aquatics workshops

    • sponsors and staffs the Idaho Rare Plant Conference

    • contributes articles to our Sage Notes newsletter

    • hosts an annual Native Plant Sale

    • hosts an annual Wildflower Plus Show

    • donates to our state’s herbaria

    • donates to the MK Nature Center

    • donates to the Idaho Botanical Garden and its Idaho Native Plant Garden

    • donates to the ERIG (Education, Research, and Inventory Grant)

    • awards Education and Enrichment for members

    • offers monthly presentations (Oct.-April) on botany, nature, and other scientific topics

    • offers field tours/field trips to members

    • offers comaraderie

    • stays informed about conservation issues and shares information with our chapter members

    • stays connected with our community

    • and much more…

  • Wildflowers of Southern Idaho Coloring Book

Take this coloring book along with you when you are hiking, photographing, or simply enjoying the outdoors. Published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pahove Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, this coloring book may be reproduced but not sold. Share it with every child you know!

Wildflower Coloring Book

In the Boise area (wildflower walks and trails)

In the Boise area (plant suppliers)

In the Boise area (landscapers)

Many other landscapers also may install buffalo grass and blue grama grass plugs. 

Officers and Committee Members

  • Karie Pappani, President – pahove.chapter.president [at]
  • Susan Ziebarth, Vice President, Plant Sale Manager
  • Michael Ottenlips, Secretary
  • Don Essig, Chapter Treasurer
  • Kirsten Severud, Chapter Membership
  • Karen Getusky, State Treasurer
  • Vicki Henderson, State Membership, Chapter IT Committee
  • Ray Corbin, Member at Large
  • Barbara Ertter, Member at Large
  • Peggy Faith, Education & Outreach 
  • Anna Lindquist, Social Media: Instagram & Facebook
  • Jody Hull, Social Media: Facebook and Sage Notes Layout Designer
  • Diane Jones, Website Committee
  • Beth Corbin, Southern Idaho Rare Plant Working Group Lead

Write to the Pahove chapter at


  • » Pahove Plant Sale, April 22-24

    2023 Idaho Native Plant Sale flyer 2023 INPS Native Plant Sale Availability List, amended 4-21-23 The Plant Ordering link is ON-LINE ORDERING Sat. April 22 thru Mon. April 24 (or while supplies last) ordering link will be posted by noon Sat. April 22 CURBSIDE PICK-UP Fri. April 28 thru Mon. May 1 11am-6pm (most days) *you will […]

  • » Pahove Meeting April 11

    Our monthly meeting, 7pm April 11 at the MK Nature Center, will feature Bob Mosely on revisiting Shangri-la: A Century of Environmental and Social Change in the Mountains of SW China.

  • » Pahove presentation March 14

    Please join Pahove for “The Sagebrush Sea in Southeastern Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming: Composition, Distinction, and Conservation Value” , presented by Dr. Matt Lavin, Montana State University. Tuesday, March 14th, at 7pm, at the MK Nature Center. A zoom link will be available. Abstract: Understanding the composition, distinction, and conservation value of mountain and Wyoming big sagebrush […]

  • » Pahove presentation February 14

    In person @ 7pm MST at the MK Nature Center or attend via Zoom. Please email for the link. There are  hundreds of species of wild, native bees found in Idaho, but no survey has yet been undertaken. Dr. Ron Bitner and Amy Dolan have spent the last 3 years attempting to learn what […]