March 23, 2016, the arboriculture class traveled down to Utah. They met with the arborist on the BYU campus (Provo) and looked at trees. Students got to see trees in a different hardiness zone than Rexburg, which means there was a greater variety of trees to look at as well as different problems, pests, and diseases to diagnose and remedy. One of the favorite plants in bloom while the class was in Utah County was the Magnolia trees and bushes. You don’t see that in Idaho!
After visiting cougar country, the class headed to Cabela’s for lunch, per Bro. Dewey’s request for bison burgers.
Before heading back to Idaho, the class stopped in West Jordan at the Jordan Valley Conservation District. Students got a tour and were able to see different experiments showing how much water stress plants can tolerate. Turns out, people over water and their plants can survive pretty well with much less. Other than being an extremely cold and rainy spring day, the trip was a good learning experience for all.
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.