Stephanie Petersen was the recipient of the Garden Writers Association Scholarship! The Garden Writers Association is an organization of over 1,800 highly respected professionals in the gardening industry that communicate to the public about horticulture, gardening, and the environment. They offer scholarships to students majoring in Horticulture to develop skills and further their education to a career in home gardening media communications.
Each application must be accompanied by a supporting letter from the student's major professor. Each student must also submit at least 2 written compositions or photographs demonstrating their interest in garden communication and/or garden photography. Scholarships are given annually and vary in number (2-6) and amount ($250-$2000).
Stephanie learned about this scholarship from Brother Nelson. She submitted her two essays to the foundation but she also included a poem, so she could show that she could do something other than essays. Congratulations to Stephanie!
We also had a handful of students receive the PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation Scholarship this year. We'd like to extend a congratulations to Micah Woods, Ben Johnson, Adam Sink, Kyle Steadman, Matt Rich, Chris Reed, Lanae Ricks, Vallie Pond, and Andrea Hansen. Together, these students received a combined amount of $10,500 in scholarship money! Well done guys! And good luck with PLANET this week!
There are scholarship opportunities everywhere! If you're looking for money for school, talk to the financial aid office, teachers, and even other students! Scholarships are also posted under the scholarship tab above.
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.
Last week, Kelly Crouch from Pacific Landscape was our last seminar speaker for the semester.
Pacific Landscape Management started out with 3 employees in 2001. They quadrupled their size in the first 4 years and, having just celebrated their 10-year anniversary, they're a $6 million company. In 2010, they were included in the Top 100 greenest companies in Oregon and the Top 100 best companies to work for in Oregon. They were also included in the Top 100 fastest growing companies 7 years in a row. Currently, they're the 4th largest landscape contractors in their area.
Pacific Landscape is very conscientious about being a 'green' company. They have invested a lot into organic fertilizers, new irrigation technology, improved fuel economy, solar panels, sanitary sewers, as well as recycling. They also promote rain gardens, eco lawns, drought tolerance gardens, and have even tried out a 'green wall'. Kelly said, "We'll try anything to see if it works."
Pacific Landscape also invests a lot into employee morale. They include every employee in the end of the year planning meetings. They have training once a week for all employees and they reward employees with employee of the month awards. Half of their employees have been with the company for 5+ years and employees are awarded anniversary gifts. They are also very involved in the community. They donate labor and equipment for SOLV, which is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the environment. They also sponsor a community soccer team, among other things.
Pacific Landscape is clearly a company dedicated to making a difference and they have definitely been noticed in the Horticulture industry. We were very pleased to hear from them a
The Floral Department is so excited about the Floral and Bridal open house coming up next weekend! Students and faculty have all been working hard on preparing for the show and we'd love everyone to come take part in this annual event.
This year we have an extra addition to our student produced show. The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) is sending a handful of representatives to hold some hands-on workshops on campus, offering educational opportunities to floral designers all over the northwest.
AIFD representatives will be involved in the Floral and Bridal show in many ways. First, they will be evaluating designs created by the Competitive Design and Commentation class (HORT 436) and bouquets created by the advanced floral students in Wedding Flowers Workshop C (HORT 338C). After evaluations, they will hold a Q & A session and offer tips and advice for designing.
On Saturday, before the open house, they will be holding two workshops. One on 'glamorous make-overs for simple bridal bouquets' and the other on 'floral jewelry'.
During the open house, AIFD will be designing for their evening show in the head house. This is included in the tour, so guests will get to walk through and have a chance to see their designs as they are being created. They are also providing a 'corsage bar' (free of charge) for any guest that would like to make pieces from floral rings, to hair accessories with designer assistance.
After the open house, six AIFD designers will share design techniques and inspirations in a couture bridal bouquet show. This show goes from 5:00-6:30 and is $35 to the public and $10 to students.
Sister Infanger is the communication line between AIFD and campus. She said, "This will be a great opportunity for the students to see first-hand what AIFD is about and to work with some leading designers in the industry."
Dr. Cathy Wilson was certainly a qualified speaker for seminar today. Having a doctorate in plant genetics, she has worked with the industry all over the world. Ending up at Flora Company happened more or less by chance but with her knowledge, she certainly changed the way they do business.
Flora Company is basically a wholesale greenhouse. But when asked, Dr. Wilson will say they are 'custom growers' which she believes is the direction greenhouses will go in the future. Flora Company 'grows nothing on speculation'. They only grow plants for a specific purpose/use. That being said, they have to look for opportunities where plants may be needed. This has been more profitable to them than growing plants and then trying to sell them.
Dr. Wilson explained to students that they need to be prepared for the future. We are entering the workforce at a 'radical time' and the industry is VERY competitive. Business strategies in effect now are geared to what has worked in the past. But the future is always changing and we need to 'look for the strategies of the future'. We need to pay attention to the technology because the future is 'fast, efficient, social, and collaborative'. She also mentioned that the industry has become global. Businesses grow by networking and taking advantage of relationships we've made across the world. She said, 'If we don't grow, we won't be in business' and we need to use networking to 'reach a wider range'.
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.