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Some poinsettias, some greenery, and Capitol is decked in its holiday finery…

Idaho's state Capitol wears its holiday finery (Betsy Russell)
Idaho's state Capitol wears its holiday finery (Betsy Russell)

The interior of the state Capitol is decked in its holiday finery, a tradition that goes back many years. The decorations are simple – $2,500 worth of poinsettias, some greenery and a large wreath – and the total cost comes to about $2,600 each year. The result: The soaring rotunda is transformed with holiday elegance. “We have an amazing facilities services staff that puts up those decorations every year,” said state Department of Administration spokeswoman Jennifer Pike. “They know what works, and they know what looks elegant in the building.”

Idaho’s historic Capitol is open to the public; guided tours are available by arrangement for groups of five or more (332-1012), there's an interactive online tour here, and a self-guided tour brochure is online here or available in the Capitol for anyone. There’s also a gift shop on the bottom-floor garden level for souvenirs.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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