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Internship Spotlight- EPCOT Theme Park,
Walt Disney World Resort
Christoffer “Toffer” Hansen (now an alumnus of the horticulture program) spent a full year on his internship with Disney World at the Epcot Center in Orlando, FL. EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Toffer started his days at 7:30 am with cleaning greenhouses and harvesting all sorts of vegetables like cabbage, strawberries, eggplant, and tomatoes. Every day the interns were responsible for giving an hour long tour to guests, Toffer describes this experience as being both “the most exciting and stressful part of the day.” Toffer feels that the skill he improved upon the most was public speaking. As an intern giving tours you “had to come up with a tour spiel that would engage a group of people and get them interested in agriculture and what they could do themselves [at home].” Disney World also facilitated tours for the interns to see and learn different methods from nearby growers. Toffer would end his day around 4:00 pm when he would head back to the single housing that was provided by the park. Some of Toffers favorite activities included Clearwater beach, Cape Canaveral, Universal Studios, Airboat riding in the swamps, and of course Disney World park. His last bit of advice is that “there is plenty of time to have fun in the park as well as around the area, but remember the best part of the job is creating memories for the guests.”
Click here for a map of the Thomas E. Ricks Garden, the Apple Orchard Museum, Flower Center and the Horticulture Greenhouses/Plant Shop.
Tricia Cox hails from Kaysville, UT. She attended Ricks College as a general studies major and took a floral design class from Bro. Romney. From then on she was hooked on horticulture and flowers. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Management at BYU (Provo). After finishing her bachelor’s degree she worked in various floral shops as well as doing wedding flowers on her own. At one point, wedding flowers is all she focused on for about two years. Her business name was (and still is) “The Flower Girl.” She also worked for the church floral department in Salt Lake City for a year before moving to Palmyra, NY, where managed a hotel there for five years. Yes, the same Palmyra as the Sacred Grove. After five years she felt it was time to be back in the west and closer to family. She managed the Red Fishlake Hotel upon her return, but after a few years of that Sister Cox felt like it was time for another change and decided to go back to school. She also felt like Rexburg would be a good place to come back to. So, she moved to Rexburg and completed her master’s degree in horticulture online from Texas Tech. At a stake Relief Society event she ran in to Bro. Romney who encouraged her to apply for some upcoming adjunct faculty openings. The semester she was finishing her master’s degree project is also when she discovered she’d been invited to interview for the horticulture department here.
Obviously, she got the job. Sister Cox loves being back in Rexburg and loves her job. She teaches the floral design classes. Outside of work her interests include ultimate Frisbee, reading, anything to do with Superman, her main man, water activities (skiing, water fights, floating the river), the color purple, and classic movies—think John Wayne and Cary Grant.
We are so glad Sister Cox decided to come back to Rexburg.
Did you know that all your dreams can come true and that you can work for Disney? We know you’re in the field of plant science, but just because you spend more time these days playing in the dirt than daydreaming about being a prince or princess in well-spun fairytale, doesn’t mean that you should count Disney out. Disney/Epcot puts a lot of money into their landscaped gardens. It’s part of it’s magical charm and one of many reasons the masses enjoy their Disney adventures. Disney also is heavily involved sustainable high-tech horticulture and agriculture. They do truly amazing things with plant material.
But we’re getting off-topic. Did you know that every year they are looking for students to fill internships in the field of plant science? Hey, that’s us! In fact, a few of our students have interned with Disney in the past, and we have a few completing their internship experience with them right now. It’s quite the process to be accepted for one of their programs, so we wanted to put this information out right now for anybody who thinks this is something they would like to be involved in. Start looking into and planning now for this opportunity.
Read more here.
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.