The open house this weekend was so impressive! The Benson Building was transformed into a bridal open house including designs from the Competitive Design class (HORT 436), Interpretive Design class (HORT 437), Ag Sales and Merchandising class (AGBUS 232), as well as the Wedding Flowers classes (HORT 338).
The Tour started off showing the sympathy and arrangement pieces that were arranged by the Competitive Design classes in a workshop the day before. Their pieces were judged by 6 AIFD guest designers.
It then led to pieces done by the Interpretive design classes and tables displaying bouquets from the Wedding Flowers Workshop A led up to a free corsage bar, allowing guests to make their own corsage or bouttonniere.
The AIFD guest designers could be seen during the show designing pieces in the Head House. Their bouquets were put on display in a fashion show after the open house. They also taught guests how to make some of their pieces.
The Ag Sales and Merchandising class decorated in the breezeway and greenhouses with different themes such as 'Simple Elegance' and 'Asian Fusion'. Lady bugs were also being sold so guests could participate in releasing them in the greenhouses or take them home to release in their own gardens. The tropical greenhouse was turned into a beach scene and the desert greenhouse turned into a garden with the theme of 'April Showers Bring May Flowers'.
After the greenhouses, guests were guided to the actual bridal open houses. This year the theme was 'I Stand All Amazed' with the rooms representing scenes in nature. There were 4 rooms including the themes of the desert, the jungle, the mountains, and the sunset. The tour continued on with bouquets on display from Wedding Flowers Workshop B as well as designs done by Wedding Flowers C.
Everyone involved in the show did such an amazing job. All who were in attendance appreciated the hard work and was amazed at what our department was able to do. To see pictures of the event, visit the Floral and Bridal Open House 2011 tab.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho 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 an 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 opportunitues.