Josh Horky benefit

A benefit is planned this weekend for a UWS botanist who was featured in a 2010 News Tribune story about his hobby of harvesting witches’ brooms.

Josh Horky was paralyzed from the chest down last winter after a 25-foot fall from a tree. He had been in pursuit of a piece of a witches’ broom, which is a sort of growth that he collects and then grafts onto young trees to make unique specimen trees.

A barbecue benefit for Horky, to pay for medical costs and renovation of the Horky home to make it wheelchair-accessible, will be held 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Farley’s Family Restaurant in Hermantown.

A suggested donation is $10. The event, at 4899 Miller Trunk Hwy., includes food, a silent auction, raffle and games. Auction items include a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness trip, Edelweiss Nursery fruit trees, a Fifield portrait session, an Eagles Nest massage, a handmade quilt, Minnesota Twins and Wild tickets and a sea kayak. See for a complete list.