Monika Hawker, a recent floral design graduate, did her internship at Kalaheo Flowers and Gardens in Kalaheo, HI. Every day she woke up and began working on the daily orders which consisted of different client accounts at some of the hotels and resorts in Poipu, which is a tourist area of the island. Kalaheo Flowers and Gardens makes floral designs for every new guest that comes to the hotel Koa Kea each day, and they would also do lobby pieces for a few different hotels on top of any other orders that they received; although they mainly focused on the hotels and resorts. Some of Monika's time was spent working on the farm as well. The farm consisted of 15 acres of different tropical flowers, Norfolk pines (which they sell during Christmas), Macadamia nut trees, pineapples, and other assorted fruit trees. During the day, and throughout the mornings, Monika would help harvest flowers, greens, and any other products that they needed for that day. Every Tuesday an employee came and would do a giant harvest that would help them out greatly for the week so they didn't have to go out and get massive amounts of flowers, only just a few as they ran out during the day. While she was there she lived with her boss and their family. “They are an amazing family!” Monika said she learned so much while she was there "especially since at BYU-I we don't get the opportunity very often to work with tropical species. I would say some of the best things that I took from my internship were first, a great cultural experience. I know Kauai is not foreign by any means, but the family I worked for is mainly Japanese, and the island itself has a very distinct culture. It was so fun to get more exposure to different cultural aspects of things. Second, I learned how to work with tropical flowers which does give me an edge when looking for a job because you have been taught how to work with not only mainland flowers, but tropical species as well. Third, I really learned how a floral business ran. There were times when I would be at the shop, in town, or up at the farm working by myself. It gave me a better sense of responsibility and knowledge about what the ups and downs to run a floral business are and how to handle them. Overall it was an amazing experience that I would love to go back and do again sometime! Hopefully sooner than later! For anyone in the future who gets the opportunity to work here my only advice would be to be prepared to work hard, get a little dirty and have a blast!" She said that this internship she did “is perfect for those who don't mind working hard and big cockroaches!” Monika wishes the best of luck to all students on any of their internships.
The state of the industry report for 2014 had some very interesting statistics and comments for our industry. The trends that this report shows will be seen across the entire industry. Vegetables, Fruit, and Herbs these are the products that people are going crazy over. The design/build/maintain businesses will see a spike in clients wanting edibles in the garden. These edibles aren’t just your average apple tree and some parsley tossed in the flower beds for texture. Clients will want to mix in thyme in there stepping stones, put tomato plants in their flower pots, and squash climbing over their arbor. It doesn’t stop there. Floral businesses are going to see more clients wanting “un-ordinary things” in there arrangements. These “un-ordinary things” aren’t limited to but could be squash flowers in with sunflowers, Rosemary in there hydrangea bouquet, and even thyme in the corsage. 44% of growers stated they would be increasing production for Herbs and vegetables, 30% of the same growers interviewed said they would be decreasing their production on ornamental bedding plants. When asked if they had plans on filling crop schedules with plans to grow produce grows were split 50/50. Ten percent of the growers that said yes are hoping to do this next year and 40% of them said they would be filling those gaps this year with more produce. This trend has been gaining momentum the last year or two and I don’t think we have even seen the peak yet.
AmericanHort was officially established on the first day of this year. Their mission is to “unite, promote, and advance our industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research.” They are the result of the merging of the Association of Horticultural Professionals (OFA) and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) voting in an almost unanimous decision. They have been working for the last two years to consolidate these organizations. So what does this mean for you? AmericanHort has kept the “OFA” scholarship which is available to students. This scholarship includes a one year student membership, the student short course fee, and room and board to attend the short course in Columbus, Ohio in late July. Most of all, this means a greater voice in government issues, one official industry standard, and a broader reach for helpful information. This
exemplifies their vision “to be the leading and unifying organization for the horticulture industry in order to cultivate successful businesses, and for our industry to enhance lives through the benefits of plants.” The benefits of membership include free education resources, access to free webinars, the Garden University, and many discounts on events, magazines, rental cars, shipping, and more. Their website is up and running beautifully and we encourage you to check it out and see the great information they have available.
Picture Perfect Construction has been hard at work for the last 20 years in the greater Los Angeles, CA area. They offer design, maintenance, and construction services, focusing on high-end residential and commercial properties in area like Bel Air and Hollywood. Picture Perfect Construction strives to keep all parts of the project within their company to keep accountability of the whole project on them. They pride themselves on working with the customer through the entire project to make sure the customer receives exactly what they envisioned. Currently we have two alumni at Picture Perfect Construction, John Phelan, owner and operator, as well as Jonathan Jackson the maintenance manager. John and
Jonathan would be a great people to network with and talk to about an internship or even a career with Picture Perfect Construction. To see some of the many beautiful properties they have designed here is their website.
It is now 2014 and a new semester has started. We hope you’re settling into your first week
quite nicely. We want to remind all of you about the Horticulture program’s website,
byuihorticulture.weebly.com. This website contains scholarship information and internship/job postings. The horticulture website also contains a blog that is updated frequently with articles about trips, companies, grad schools, and current industry information.We also want to remind you what the department has to offer. We have 5 greenhouses that you are welcome to visit anytime between 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. These greenhouses are a great place to relax and eat lunch, or even just a quiet place to study. If you need a plant to bring home or a floral arrangement for your table, we have everything you need. There is a garden center located in the greenhouses and a floral shop located in BEN 147. Both locations do their best to accommodate you and make sure you have everything you need, including the ability to charge to your I-card so that you can pay at your leisure. Our program has been accredited by national organizations and has ranked #1 in the last three years. We strive to go above and beyond with the opportunities and knowledge we provide. There is a long list of industry field trips that students go on as well as our numerous courses that teach the newest industry concepts. We have 7 acres of demonstration gardens, and 10 acres of apple trees and research plots.
Metus Topiaria, the Horticulture society, is looking for new committee members to help with
planning creative new events for this semester. Metus Topiaria was founded soon after the horticulture
program was formed, 28 years later we are still a great way for students to help apply what they learn in
the classroom in a fun and creative environment. If you have any questions please email Zak Noriega at
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.