Sister Infanger recently received her American Institute of Floral Design certification. She said “It has always been a goal of mine, and it’s been a lot of work to get there.” A Bachelor’s degree is unique in Floral Design, but an AIFD certification is like the Ph.D. of Floral Design. She said, “In Brother Romney’s words, it’s more than Aunt Mabelle with the garage flowers.” She hopes that her certification will provide great networking for students. She also stated that she would like to begin a student chapter which would be a pathway for education. AIFD is all about education and they are always on the cutting edge of design. To prepare herself, Sister Infanger studied all the terms from the AIFD book, which is the same book we use in our floral classes. Then she practiced, practiced, and practiced some more and took a written test from the AIFD which requires an 80% to pass, then studied for an oral exam. She knew which categories she would be tested on so she practiced and then had a friend in the floral industry critique her work and encourage her progress. Sister Infanger offers this advice to anyone wanting to become certified, “Know your terms, take every opportunity to practice. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Know your products, accessories, and design elements and use them outside the normal box.” We congratulate Sister Infanger in this wonderful achievement! click here to go to the AIFD website to learn more.
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.