We have quite a few events that will be taking place soon. Mark your calendars now so you don't miss out on all the fun!
Last spring, Giulia Robbins completed her internship hours at Brady's Plant Ranch in Downey, ID. Here is an excerpt from her internship report:
Brady's Plant Ranch is the largest greenhouse grower in southeast Idaho. They have 11 greenhouses. The growing houses open up in March as they get production started. When retail opens in April and the stock in the growing houses empty into retail, the ground in the growing houses is tilled and planted. The retail house shuts down at the end of June and Brady Market Days begin every Friday. They sell all the produce from the garden and growing houses- tomatoes, onions, peppers, corn, raspberries.... In the fall/winter they shut the houses down and let mother nature do her job of eliminating pests and diseases. They bring hogs in to winter in the greenhouses. The hogs snout and root and tear up and eat the plants/stalks. And then they house chickens to fertilize the soil. How cool of a cycle is that? They also have a floral shop as well as raise grass-fed/finished beef.
I spent my days stocking, watering, dead-heading, maintaining "my greenhouse" and retail; seeding and transplanting; planting 1,000+ hanging baskets; creating custom planters for clients; and shoveling a lot of soil.
2015 PLANET Student Career Days
Our team just got back from North Carolina where they competed in 28 different events. They proved, once again, that BYU-Idaho Horticulture has one of the best programs in the nation as we continually turn out high-performing students.
Check the blog for more details on this year's results.
Say hello to our new department secretary, Mitzi Pruitt. Mitzi is a former graduate of our department, she earned her degree in Horticulture— Landscape Maintenance, in 2012. She was born and raised in Ashton, Idaho and grew up with her three older brothers working on a grain farm moving pipe, picking rocks, and driving truck. In fact, she still drives truck in the fall during spud harvest for Penfold Farms in Driggs.
Mitzi completed her internship hours by maintaining the grounds at Krupp Scout Hallow. Being surrounded by boys her entire life has naturally kept her heavily involved in scouting, which is how she secured her internship at Krupp’s Hallow. She continues to maintain this scout camp ground today.
Mitzi and her husband have 2 boys and 2 dogs. They live in Rigby and enjoy scouting, camping, and skeet shooting.
We're so lucky to have someone in the office who already knows their way around. Stop in and say hello to Sister Pruitt.
Grecia is the department secretary’s assistant. This spring is Grecia’s first semester at BYU-Idaho. She transferred from the LDS Business College as an administrative assistant and is currently studying health psychology and a French minor. She chose to come to BYU-Idaho because she has many friends here that had only good things to say about the school and the people. Grecia’s favorite thing about living in Idaho is the people. She loves that everyone she meets is so nice and willing to help. Welcome, Grecia, we’re glad you are here!
Click here for a map of the Thomas E. Ricks Garden, the Apple Orchard Museum, Flower Center and the Horticulture Greenhouses/Plant Shop.
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.