The Mountain Meadow Design philosophy was first conceptualized by Peter Lassig and articulated by Reese Nelson. The design method, employed on the gardens and grounds at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, help any gardener create a landscape that is aesthetically pleasing as well as horticulturally sound. The purpose of Temple Square is to draw people closer to God, and one way this purpose is achieved is through the beautiful gardens. Visitors are always in awe of the world class gardens. One would think that the 10 acres of manicured gardens, filled with 500,000 annual flowers planted per year, is meticulously combed every day for how pleasing it is to behold at any given time. However, the opposite approach is how these lush displays of nature are maintained. “Temple Square Gardens create the essence of the Garden of Eden and remind us of the presence of God as we view His creations. Temple Square uses a flower-planting philosophy throughout their gardens called the Mountain Meadow Design Philosophy. This philosophy is about making the flowerbeds look natural as if they were sown by the wind [or God’s hand]. It is a natural form that calls attention to God and not the gardener.” Lassig was adamant about ensuring that the gardens did just that, called attention to our creator and not the gardener. He mastered this with his creation of the Mountain Meadow Design, which includes four different parts: Skeleton, Tendon, Flesh, and Sparkle.
“Temple Square has continuous blooming flowers throughout the growing season. There are no bare sPots even after one type of flower is done blooming. They accomplish this by choosing flowers that bloom at different times in the season. Early spring bloomers, mid, and late spring bloomers are used so that the design is always visually performing. Once the plants reach their peak they are taken out so tat you don’t see the declining, dying plants.
The garden designers on Temple Square do a wonderful job creating a beautiful and lasting design because they have come to understand what makes a design both horticulturally sound and aesthetically pleasing. It is important to understand the background and cultural requirements of the plants planned on being used so that their needs are met. Sun, water, soil conditions, space provided, and length of bloom time used are all elements that affect plant growth and its success in the garden.
Take pansies, for example, they are planted in the fall to be used for early spring color. Understanding the growth habit of a particular plant is also important. Some plants may grow quicker than others and overgrow and crowd out their neighbors. Sweet Potato Vine is a good example of this because it grows quickly and crowds out or in between other plants later in the season. Some plants re-bloom and have a longer season than others, such as roses. It is good to use the space wisely to get a good coverage. If the plants have been designed to spread out over the ground over time, the design looks full and weeds won’t grow through as easily.”
Reese Nelson had the opportunity to work on the grounds at Temple Square and help Lassig articulate, educate, and implement this formula. Brother Nelson now energetically teaches the Mountain Meadow Design Philosophy in his classes at BYU-Idaho and any horticulture and landscape expos he can attend, most recently the INLA Expo 2016 in Boise, ID. The concept of skeleton, tendon, flesh, and sparkle is catching on, so much so that EuroAmerican Propagators, one of the industry’s largest bedding plant producers, is espousing the philosophy and including it in their annual catalogs as “best new plant choices with the best design philosophy.”
It’s easy, it’s fast, it’s efficient. If more landscape companies knew and used it, we could all enjoy viewing landscapes at their best.
Another location famous for its beautiful grounds and gardens is Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT. Esther Truitt Henrichsen, a bulb specialist, is part of the gardening team there; she also had the opportunity to work alongside Peter Lassig at Temple Square and learn and use the Mountain Meadow Design Philosophy. Esther is a world traveler who has been growing gardens her entire life and creating sacred spaces as a respected Historical Landscape Architect, and currently employs the Mountain Meadows Design Philosophy at Thanksgiving Point.
The Thomas E. Ricks Gardens here on campus employ this design and planting method in multiple areas. It's one of its many charms that make the gardens unique and set it apart from the rest of the campus grounds.
Representative Examples of Annual/Perennial Flowers:
Every January our students from the Nursery Management class travel to Boise for the annual Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association Expo. The students have an opportunity to meet and network with the horticulture gurus in Idaho, join the association, attend classes, and represent the BYU-Idaho Horticulture Department. This year was no exception. Our students were gone from January 19-22. As with any trip in our department, it was full of excellent industry exposure and good food.
There are many classes to attend and speakers to listen to on all topics of horticulture and the green industry. One of our own was a presenter this year and had a great turnout during each of his presenting times. Reese Nelson taught on the Mountain Meadow Design Philosophy. Read more about the Mountain Meadow Design Philosophy here.
Each year the INLA hosts a scholarship program for the which the deadline to apply is December. During the expo the scholarship winners are announced. The students were chosen for their scholastic record, student need, and their ability and sincerity in pursuing e employment in the nursery industry in Idaho. Each student received a check for $750.00. Of the the four scholarships awarded, we had two of our students win: Sam Marinho and Jared Rodriguez. Congratulations!
Sam Marinho graduates from our program this April. She used the scholarship monies to help pay her tuition this semester. Sam is currently exploring graduate school options.
Jared Rodriguez will also graduate this April. Right now he is working on setting up an internship at Monrovia. He intends to pursue a career as a greenhouse manager. Jared used the scholarship monies to pay for the California Spring Trials trip in April.
Fresh from the AmericanHort webpage: http://americanhort.org
What is the HortScholars program? A program that sets students in horticulture on a path to success by exposing them to the breadth of the horticulture industry, its opportunities, and its leaders. The program offers you a beyond-the-classroom experience, giving you insight and awareness of the industry, its supply chain, and where you might find a home for your passion. The focus of the program is on professional development including attending education sessions, networking, and working with industry mentors.
In other words: You will meet many, many people that:
HortScholars is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. (If you graduate just before the program starts in July, that's okay).
What exactly is a HortScholar and what do they do?
HortScholars spend seven days on-site at Cultivate'16 (the industry's largest all-industry event in North America) in Columbus, Ohio. HortScholars meet as a group and individually with industry professionals, attend educational sessions, and network at various social events. Click here for a sample schedule.
HortScholars receive complimentary meals, lodging, an All-Access Pass toCultivate'16, and a complimentary one-year student membership with AmericanHort. HortScholars are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Columbus, Ohio.
(Translation: It's not nearly as boring as it sounds. Hort Scholars have a great time meeting people who work in different aspects of the industry (growers, breeders, brokers, sales reps, marketers, business owners, consultants, professors, students, and young professionals).
It's a unique experience designed to help you make contacts so you can find jobs and internships and help you experience some of the more exciting aspects of the industry. If you're a horticulture major and not sure if you want to be a grower or think being a grower is your only career option - think again! The HortScholars Program will show you that there are many, many career possibilities. Check out the Current & Past HortScholars tab above to hear what alumni have to say about their experiences.
You're responsible for your own transportation to and from Columbus, Ohio. Once you get to Columbus we've got everything covered - hotel, food, parking.
If you're concerned about a job or internship you might have during the summer, don't worry too much about it. Most employers are incredibly supportive of this opportunity and will see it as a valuable part of your overall job/internship experience.)
When and where does the HortScholars program take place?
The HortScholars program is in conjunction with Cultivate'16 in Columbus, Ohio. That's July 6 - 12, 2016.
Timeline for the 2015 Program
November 30, 2015Application opens
March 1, 2016Deadline for application and letter of recommendation.
March 28, 2016Participants announced
Contact the HortScholars coordinator Lauren Snyder at LaurenS@AmericanHort.org.
Horticulture students are also more than welcome to attend. This is a great networking opportunity!
The Agribusiness Management Society would just like to send out a reminder that it is once again time for the biennial California Ag Trip!
The 2016 trip will be Monday, February 8th, through Saturday, February 13th. We will be traveling on a bus down to the Central Valley of California, where we will get an in-depth look of some of the most productive and fertile Agricultural ground in the country!
On this trip, we will be visiting numerous Farms, Ranches, and Agribusinesses. Included among the planned visits will be farms for numerous crops, including Carrots, Almonds, Pistachio’s, Walnuts, Citrus, and Grapes. We are also planning to visit a Hog Farm, a Dairy, and a Fertilizer plant. Throughout the visits, we will meet numerous people who work in the industry, and will have many great opportunities to network!
We will also be attending the Tulare International Ag Show, which is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind, with 1,500 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds.
This trip is always a hit. Seats are limited, so be sure to sign up soon. It is only $150* to go, and previous attendees say that it is worth every penny!
This is a school excused absence!
For more information, contact a member of the Agribusiness Management Society Presidency.
To sign up for the trip, log into Career Navigator and search for Job ID #51457. You will need to submit a resume at the point of application, so be sure a copy of your resume is uploaded under your Documents tab. A short essay is also required. If you have any trouble with Career Navigator, please contact Career Services at 208.496.9824, or email them firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely, Your Agribusiness Management Society Officers.
Josh Noble, Kent Barnard, Craig Hopkin, Drew Maisey, Tyrel Lathrop, Annie Hankins, & Shaeli Shoaf.
AGBM Vice President, Publicity
*The $150 covers the hotels and transportation, and most meals will be provided. Any additional costs should be minimal, and will be at your individual discretion (i.e. snacks, etc.)
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.