Spring, summer, and fall it has trees, shrubs, and flowers. In the winter Idaho Botanical Garden has about 250,000 lights for your enjoyment. Make this an Idaho vacation from Thanksgiving through the first week of January.
The Idaho Botanical Garden is open throughout the year but is transformed into a glow of holiday lights from Thanksgiving day to January 8, 2012. Visit the garden from 6-9pm every evening for the dazzling sparkling lights. In addition to lights, visitors are provided complimentary hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and cookies in the Folly.
For further enjoyment, don't miss the G scale model train display in the English Garden. Santa is present and available for photos and wish lists on weekends and from December 19-23. A special treat is to interact with Prancer, an actual live reindeer, on December weekends and on December 19, 22, and 23 ( Prancer's availability cannot be guaranteed on all hours during these days).
Community and school choirs perform most hours Winter Garden Lights aGlow is open, especially on weekends. Various food vendors are also available on weekends. A complete schedule of activities, vendors, and entertainment groups is here.
The Idaho Botanical Garden is a private non-profit corporation. Land for the garden is leased from the State of Idaho but the garden receives no state funding. The first board of directors was organized in 1984. Fourteen separate theme and display gardens make up the Idaho Botanical Garden.
The garden is located adjacent to the Old Idaho Penitentiary and is part of the Idaho Old Penitentiary District. Hours, directions, and entrance fees are given here. Click here to see the other museums and sites in this historical district.
Idaho Botanical Garden - http://idahobotanicalgarden.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_id=37
Winter Garden Lights aGlow - http://idahobotanicalgarden.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_id=33&CFID=1089623&CFTOKEN=69121070
City of Boise - http://www.cityofboise.org/
Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau - http://www.boise.org/