Welcome to Fall Semester 2015!
We are excited to see our students return with stories from their 7-week break and their internship experience. We also look forward to seeing faces we haven't met before. If you're new to the Horticulture Department- welcome! We're thrilled you decided to join us.
Sept. 29th: Come Alive Outside 12-2pm and 3-5pm in the gardens, followed by the Department Social at 6pm.
Our garden history
As our classes walk through, work, and learn in the gardens it is easy to forget how special of a place it is. Our beautiful gardens were created specifically to enhance student learning and give more valuable learning experiences. It's hard to imagine there was a time when such beauty didn't exist in this corner of campus. But the gardens as we know them didn't come to life until 1977. Over the years it has evolved into one of the finest show gardens in the western U. S.
Read more about our garden's history here.
Click here for a map of the Thomas E. Ricks Garden, the Apple Orchard Museum, Flower Center and the Horticulture Greenhouses/Plant Shop.
Apple Orchard Ready for Picking
The apples are few weeks ahead of schedule in our orchard this year. Many of the varieties have apples falling every day. You can know for certain that a tree is ready to harvest when the fruit begins to drop on its own. The piles of apples that our gardens crew rakes up each week is a pretty good indicator that it's pickin' time. So bring your bags, boxes, sacks, and come pick your favorite tasting apple. For $0.50/lb you won't find a better deal. We have a free tasting policy. We encourage you to walk around and taste the varieties you're interested in. Then when you find THE ONE that you love you can load up. There are ladders and buckets and a scale when you're finished picking at the shed on the northeast corner of the orchard. Have fun!
Our aim at Brigham Young University-Idaho Horticulture Department is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten-acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue and Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunities.
The Horticulture Program is a nationally recognized and accredited leader in horticulture education preparing students for expanding career opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, fl orist shops, fl oral wholesalers, plant brokers, landscape contractors, lawn service companies, interior plant companies, greenhouses, golf courses, parks, botanical gardens, landscape management, event planning, design build, plant production, plant breeding, horticulture sales and marketing, and horticulture supply companies.
The Department is a recognized leader in horticulture education preparing students for expanding career opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, florist's shops, floral wholesalers, plant brokers, landscape contractors, lawn service companies, interior-scape companies, greenhouses, golf courses, parks, botanical gardens, landscape management, event planning, design build, plant production, plant breeding, horticulture sales and marketing, and horticulture supply companies. Demand for graduates is strong and most students can choose from several job offers throughout the nation. Students who seek advanced degrees find opportunities in horticulture teaching, research, extension education, and government.
Bachelor of Science - Horticulture (695) is a 4 year Horticulture degree. Students can choose from three emphasis areas:
▪ Floral Design (695-16): provides training in retail and wholesale floral marketing, artistry of wedding and event flowers, and interpretive and competitive design.
▪ Design/Build/Maintain (695-14): emphasizes the design, installation and management of landscapes, including irrigation systems, plant maintenance, and bidding and estimating.
▪ Production (695-15): focuses on the retail/wholesale markets of nurseries, garden centers, cut flowers, vegetables, fruits and greenhouse operations.
Associate of Horticulture Management (354) is a two year Associate of Applied Science degree offering the basics of horticulture, including landscaping, plant propagation, and pest control.
Associate of Floral Design Management (353) is a two year Associate of Applied Science degree offering the basics of floral design, including weddings, event flowers and marketing.
Minor in Horticulture (204) - a minor is available for those not majoring in Horticulture.
*Courses which develop skills in home gardening, floral design, and landscape beautification are available to the general student body.
**Students, the new Degree Audits (replacing the Grad reports) may not be completely correct. Sometimes they read the wrong catalog year or simply don't have the correct requirements. Don't fret. Talk to your advisor or go to the academic advising center upstairs in the Benson building for help and to get the correct requirements you need.