Sawbi Field Trip, June 17




Sawabi, a chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, invites you on a Saturday field trip to Orton Botanical Garden, Inc. (aka Plantasia Cactus Gardens) in Twin Falls, Idaho.  This non-profit five-acre level area, located at the northern edge of the Great Basin Desert in Twin Falls, demonstrates drought tolerant plants.  Our chapter has scheduled a tour with owner LaMar Orton.


LaMar says that there are many cacti, yuccas, penstemons, salvias and buckwheats in bloom.  Three agaves are sending up long flower stocks.  Apache plumes are still blooming and mirabilis are just starting to bloom.

There are a few penstemons, salvias, columbines, daisies, fern bushes, Apache plumes, townsendias, and a few other plants in addition to various cacti for sale.

TO CARPOOL AND CARAVAN:  Meet at 9:00 am by the Bison Sculpture in the big parking lot (5th and Dillon), lower campus of Idaho State University.  Or… meet at 11:00 am at the Site, Orton Botanical Garden.  Bring a friend.

QUESTIONS:  Call 233-0714.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO  ORTON BOTANICAL GARDEN:  The fastest way to get to Orton Botanical Garden is to take the second Twin Falls exit (173).  Turn south and go into Twin Falls.  At the second signal light after crossing the Perrine Bridge (Blue Lake Blvd N. and Pole Line Road) turn right on to Pole Line Road and go exactly 2 miles to Grandview Drive N. (there is a hospital on the SE corner) and turn left.  Go 1½ miles on Grandview Drive N. to Filer Ave W and turn left.  After the second house on the south (867) you will see a green fence with a double gate.  Turn through the gate and you are in the Garden’s parking area.