Happy Thanksgiving! Festival of Trees + πŸ„ Fabulous Mushrooms + Botanical Garden

hello thursday Gretchen Parsons is here to brief you.

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we have your guide to the Festival of Trees and a story about a local mushroom grower. Also, some tips for a smooth Thanksgiving. We’ll be back on Monday.

  • Today: 42Β° πŸŒ«β˜€οΈ Partly foggy, then sunny.
  • Outlook for the weekend: Low 40’s and partly cloudy with some rain showers on Sunday.

Today first

Your Guide to the Festival of Trees

Don Day writes: Since 2019 there has been an annual tradition for the first time: the Saint Alphonse Festival of Trees. The Boise Center gets into the holiday spirit at the annual fundraiser for the nonprofit hospital system.

Net proceeds from the event will go towards a new neuro, surgical and trauma intensive care unit at Boise Hospital.

Today, between parades, football and turkey, you can visit the festival from 2pm to 9pm. Children can get their first visit from Santa Claus until 8 p.m. The focus today is mostly on all the beautiful trees and wreaths. I’ve had a chance to check them out and there are some really stunning and creative ideas. Find tree number 7 by local architecture firm Lombard Conrad in the lobby – it features detailed models of Boise landmarks!

Grab the family for the whole day tomorrow when the festival is open from 10am to 9pm, Santa will be visiting, train exhibitions will be on display and you can even check out the cool Lego exhibition! The Boise Holiday Tree lighting takes place at Grove Plaza from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., featuring carols, candle lighting and more.

Saturday is family day. If you bring a toy to The Salvation Army Family Ministry, you will receive a $1 discount on admission. From 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the kids can meet the Frozen Snow Sisters and Friends. Then, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Star Wars 501st Legion will be in attendance. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Grove Plaza for the Capital City Holiday Market (You can buy our Boise book and we’ll sign it for you!)

Sunday offers another full day of festivals. Then on Monday at 12 noon the annual fashion show takes place to close the festival.

There are loads of attractions – see the full list here. Regular performances of all kinds are held Friday through Sunday, from Opera Idaho to the Boise Highlanders bagpipes, local choirs and more. That schedule is here.

Ferg’s Fabulous Mushrooms: How an Idaho boy’s science project went from mush to a thriving business πŸ„

Anna Daly writes: A Nampa Christian middle school student’s passion for growing edible mushrooms germinated in 8th grade β€” when he decided to grow a few for a science project.

While the scientific project failed – as he didn’t make it past the early stages of mushroom cultivation – his drive to become a successful mushroom grower stayed with him.

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

“Through high school I said I never wanted to be a mushroom grower for a living, it’s just an odd personality, but here I am doing it full-time now and I love it!” said Ferguson.

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 it had the potential to grow into something pretty big!” he said. “After selling to a few restaurants for about a year, I officially started my business Ferg’s Fabulous Fungi.”

After high school, he earned his associate’s degree in Ag Business from the College of Western Idaho. Then, last spring, he decided to devote his time and energy to growing his business.

“The whole mushroom growing process can be quite complex as everything is grown in a fully controlled environment,” he said.

Head over to BoiseDev to find out how Ferguson grows his 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 NOW! Order here.

In celebration of today’s launch of Winter Garden aGlow, please enjoy this excerpt from Boise: City of Trees featuring the Idaho Botanical Garden.

Anna Daly writes: As homes and buildings continue to sprout in the City of Trees, the Idaho Botanical Garden offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The 15-acre garden in the Boise Foothills is Idaho’s premier botanical garden.

Founded in 1984, the nonprofit organization leased the Old Idaho Penitentiary site from the Idaho Historical Society and the State of Idaho. Its board consisted of 17 citizen leaders and professionals, including local botanist Dr. Christopher Davidson, who oversaw the composition of the board.

Idaho potato pioneer and founder of Simplot, JR Simplot, planted the garden’s first treeβ€”a 20-foot Northern Red Oak in the meditation garden. Within the first two years, more than 7,000 native and indigenous plants were planted – 95% of which were donated by community members.

Education was and still is the main task of the garden. In 1985, the director of the Idaho Historical Society, Author Hart, gave the first lecture on planting a Japanese garden in Boise. By 1986, the garden had 163 members and charged $1 to enter.

Today, over 4,000 households have memberships in the Garden. While the garden is open to the public most of the year for a $7 admission fee, the Winter Garden aGlow is one of the most popular attractions at the garden each year. Thousands of Christmas lights are installed throughout the property, providing a fun holiday activity for couples and families. While there is something to see in the garden all year round, the garden is at its most blooming from May to July.

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

The Botanic Gardens are also home to Outlaw Field, which has historically hosted concerts by big names like Willy Nelson and Josh Groban. Today, the garden keeps its gates open with donations from community members, corporations, foundations, and property rentals.

Grab Boise City of Trees here! Makes a great gift.

Happened 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 the turkey experts.
  • Dog-friendly food: According to the Idaho Humane Society, dogs should avoid some popular Thanksgiving foods. Ham, raw potatoes, mashed potatoes and canned cranberries are all taboo. The full list can be found here.
  • Fridge Storage: If your fridge is stuffed to the gills today, I saw this awesome hack that allows you to use oven racks to double the space in your fridge. Look at this photo.

BoiseDev reports

Apartments on the Aquarium grounds near Boise Towne Square are still available

A plan to add an apartment building on Cole Rd. and Franklin Rd. has been revised and is subject to further development. The revised project now shows a slightly shorter building with an updated configuration. Don Day has been following this story and has the update.

Idaho Supreme Court orders HOA to restore parking on small lot. City of Eagle opts instead for areas in the long-planned city park

A lawsuit that went all the way to the Idaho Supreme Court over a small parking lot in Eagle has now been settled. The lawsuit was filed by the City of Eagle against the Homeowners Association for the Two Rivers subdivision for the closure of a four-space parking lot on S. Channel Way that provided public access to the Greenbelt. Margaret Carmel has more on what the result means.

  • UI update: Moscow police held a press conference on the U of I killings on Wednesday. KTVB has the update.
  • Election results: The results of the Ada County general election were successfully verified in an Idaho State Department audit. Read more from the Idaho Press.πŸ”’
  • Transgender Sport: Three judges on the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a case to determine whether an injunction blocking Idaho’s transgender youth sports law can remain in effect. Read the full story from the Idaho Capital Sun.
  • Owyhee Wrestling: If you were driving through Meridian on Tuesday morning, you might have seen a group of kids pulling a large float around. This was the Owyhee wrestling team, they pulled the 8 ton truck five miles up and down Owyhee Storm Avenue. Read the full story from IdahonNews 6.

things to do

  • tree lighting: On Friday at 5:00 p.m., the Christmas tree will be lit in downtown Boise at Grove Plaza. There will also be dance and choir performances.
  • Movies: If you fancy a movie on Friday, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Departed both play at the Egyptian Theatre. Get tickets here.
  • Dark beer: If you like dark beer, Payette Brewing is the place to be on Fridays. Their annual Black Friday event, starting at 12pm, features 30+ rare and premium dark ales, food trucks, live music and more. Admission is free.
  • Drag Brunch: Asiago’s in downtown Boise hosts a drag brunch on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Get tickets here.

pet of the day

Those eyes could pierce your soul! Meet Bella. Owner Kellie Gough lives in the mountains of Cascade. On a snowy day, a gray kitten appeared. After taking the time to build trust, Bella is now a beloved 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 through Thursday! Plus, our friends at Zamzows will send a prize to the winning pet (owner)!

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