The colorful flowers are dead and gone for the year. The leaves have been raked and the ground is hard with frost in the mornings. The trees are bare, and the only sign of life are the birds that come for the seed left out for them. Good thing the lights are on--more than 250,000 of them, to be exact. Throw in some live reindeer, Christmas tunes and the scent of roasted almonds, and you have the makings of a holiday event that the whole family can get into.
Every year, Idaho Botanical Garden decks out the landscape with lights and special holiday displays. Grab a warm drink and make your way to the greenhouse to visit with Santa and Prancer, then follow the walking paths through the grounds to check out the giant lighted flowers blooming in the Children's Garden and model steam and diesel trains traveling the grounds in the English Garden--both are new exhibits this year. The garden is going green this year as well, with solar panels helping to supply some of the electricity needed to power the event. Now if it would only snow.