happy thanks giving! Trees Festival + Wonderful Fungi + Botanical Garden

Hello Thursday. Gretchen Parsons is here to fill you in.

happy thanks giving! Today we have your guide to the Festival of Trees and a story about a local fungus farmer. Also, some tips for a smooth Thanksgiving. We’ll be back on Monday.

  • Today: 42 degrees 🌫☀️ Patchy fog then sunny.
  • Weekend forecast: Under 40 and partly cloudy with some rain on Sunday.

First up today

Your guide to the Festival of Trees

Don Day wrote: The annual tradition is back for the first time since 2019: the Saint Alphonse Festival of Trees. Boise Center gets in the Christmas spirit at the nonprofit Hospital System’s annual fundraiser.

Net proceeds from the event will go to the new Neurosurgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Boise Hospital.

Today, between parades, football, and turkeys, you can catch the festival from 2 to 9 p.m., and kids can visit Santa for the first time until 8 p.m. Today the focus is mostly on all the pretty trees and wreaths. I had a chance to check them out, and there are some really amazing and creative ideas out there. Look for Tree No. 7 from local architecture firm Lombard Conrad in the lobby – it displays detailed models of Boise landmarks!

Tomorrow, take the family for a full day, as the festival is open from 10am-9pm, train shows will be on and you can even check out a cool Lego show! The Boise Holiday Tree Lighting happens at Grove Plaza from 5:30pm to 7pm, with carols, candle lighting, and more.

Saturday is family day. If you bring a game to Salvation Army Family Services, you’ll get $1 off. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., kids can meet the Frozen Snow sisters and friends. Then, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Star Wars 501st Legion will be attending. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Capital City Holiday Market will be taking place in Grove Plaza (buy our Boise Book and we’ll sign it for you!)

Sunday features another whole day of celebration. Then, the annual fashion show kicks off at noon on Mondays to wrap up the festival.

There are plenty of attractions – find a full list here. Performances from everyone from Opera Idaho to Boise Highlanders pumpkin growers to local choirs and more happen regularly Friday through Sunday. This schedule is here.

Ferg’s Fabulous Fungi: How an Idaho boy’s science project turned from mush into a thriving business 🍄

Anna Daly wrote: A Nampa Christian Middle School student’s passion for growing edible mushrooms originated in eighth grade—when he decided to grow a few for a science project.

While the science project failed—because he never got beyond the early stages of mushroom cultivation—his quest to become a successful mushroom grower stuck with him.

Today, 20-year-old Brody Ferguson runs his own mushroom farm – Fabulous Fungi – in Greenleaf, Idaho and sells his produce at several farmers’ markets, online, and several local restaurants including Alavita, KIN, and High Note Cafe.

“All through high school I said I never wanted to be a mushroom grower for a living, it’s just such a weird character, but here I am now doing it full time and I love it!” Ferguson said.

After his scientific experiment, Ferguson spent several years learning and experimenting with the growing process.

“I also realized that I was the only person in the state doing what I was doing and that it had the potential to grow into something very big!” He said. “So after about a year of selling to a few restaurants, I officially started Ferg’s Fabulous Fungi.”

After high school, he earned an associate’s degree in agricultural business from the College of Western Idaho. Then this past spring, he decided to put his time and energy into growing his business.

“The whole process of growing mushrooms can be very complex as everything grows in a completely controlled environment,” he said.

Head over to BoiseDev to find out how Ferguson grows his own mushrooms and how you can grow your own using a simple kit Ferguson sells.

Idaho Botanical Garden

This story is an excerpt from our new book, Boise: City of Trees, available for purchase now! order here.

In celebration of the aGlow Winter Garden that kicks off today, please enjoy this excerpt from Boise: City of Trees, featuring the Idaho Botanical Garden.

Anna Daly writes: While homes and buildings continue to pop up across the City of Trees, the Idaho Botanical Garden offers a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located in Boise Foothills, the 15-acre garden is Idaho’s first botanical garden.

Founded in 1984, the nonprofit leased the grounds of the old Idaho jail from the Idaho Historical Society and the State of Idaho. Its board of directors is made up of 17 civic and professional leaders, including local botanist Dr. Christopher Davidson – who oversaw the assembly of the board.

Idaho potato pioneer and founder of Simplot, JR Simplot, planted the garden’s first tree—a 20-foot northern red oak in the Meditation Garden. During the first two years, more than 7,000 native and native plants were planted – 95% of which were donated by community members.

Education was, and remains today, the primary message of the park. In 1985, the director of the Idaho Historical Society, author Hart, gave the first lecture on Japanese garden cultivation in Boise. By 1986, the park had 163 members and charged $1 for admission.

Today, more than 4,000 families have memberships in the park. While the park is open to the public for a $7 admission fee most of the year, the Winter Garden aGlow is one of the park’s most popular attractions each year. Thousands of holiday lights are strung all over the property, providing a nice holiday activity for couples and families. While there is something to see in the park throughout the year, the park blooms most from May through July.

Different types of gardens, including the English garden, Lewis and Clark garden, and children’s gardens, to name a few, feature different plants and flowers. A leisurely stroll through the park takes about 60 to 90 minutes.

The Botanical Garden is also home to Outlaw Field, which in the past has hosted concerts from big names like Willy Nelson and Josh Groban. Today the park keeps its doors open with donations from community members, businesses, foundations, and site rentals.

Snag Boise City of Trees is here! Makes a great gift.

happen today

  • Turkey Hotline: If you have questions about cooking your bird, the turkey hotline is open. Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL or text 844-877-3456 to chat with our turkey experts.
  • Dog friendly food: According to the Idaho Humane Society, dogs should avoid some popular Thanksgiving foods. Pork, raw potatoes, mashed potatoes, and canned cranberries are all not worth it. See the full list here.
  • refrigerator storage: If your fridge is full to the gills today, you’ve seen this awesome hack where you can use oven racks to double the amount of space in your fridge. Check out this photo.

BoiseDev Reports

Apartments on the Aquarium site near Boise Towne Square are still possible

Plan to add an apartment building on Cole Street. and Franklin Road. It has been revised and may still be moving forward. The revised project now shows a slightly shorter building with an updated configuration. Don Day tracks this story and has the update.

The Idaho Supreme Court ordered the HOA to re-park the cars in a small lot. The City of Eagle opts for long-planned city park spaces instead

A lawsuit that reached the Idaho Supreme Court over a small parking lot in Eagle has now been resolved. The lawsuit pitted the City of Eagle v. Two Rivers Subdivision Homeowners Association for closing a four-park lot on S. Channel Way that provided public access to the Greenbelt. Margaret Carmel has more on what the result means.

  • User interface update: Moscow police held a press conference on Wednesday regarding the premeditated murders. KTVB has an update.
  • Election results: The results of the general election in Ada County were successfully verified in an audit conducted by the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. Read more from the Idaho Press
  • Transgender Sports: Three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine whether an injunction blocking Idaho’s transgender youth sports law can still apply. Read the full story from the Idaho Capital Sun.
  • Owyhee Wrestling: If you were driving around Meridian on a Tuesday morning, you probably saw a group of kids driving around in a large moving truck. Such was the Owyhee wrestling team, they hauled the 8-ton truck up and down Owyhee Storm Street for five miles. Read the full story from IdahonNews 6.

Things to do

  • tree lighting: At 5 p.m. on Friday, the Downtown Boise Holiday Light will be lit at Grove Plaza. There will be dance and choir performances as well.
  • Movies: If you want a Friday flick, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Departed play at the Egyptian Theatre. Get tickets here.
  • Dark beer: If you like dark beer, Payette Brewing is the place to be on a Friday. At the annual Black Friday event, which starts at noon, there will be more than 30 rare and high-end dark beers, food trucks, live music, and more. Free admission.
  • Pull out the brunch: Hotel Asiago in downtown Boise hosts Drag Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Get tickets here.

pet today

Those eyes can pierce your soul! Meet Bella. Owner Kelly Gough lives in the mountains in the Cascade. One snowy day, a gray cat appeared. After spending some time building confidence, Bella is now a much loved part of the family! “If only she could talk. Where did she come from? We’re glad she found us,” says Gough.

Submit your pet’s photo here, and we may feature it Monday-Thursday! Plus, our friends at Zamzows will send a prize to the winning pet (Angel)!

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