This semester the floral students got to visit San Francisco! After driving for a day and a half the students first got to go see Golden Gate Park botanical gardens. The gardens had plants from all around the world. The students enjoyed strolling through the park and visiting food shops along the way. They also visited the Golden Gate bridge and found a perfect spot for pictures of the bridge. The day ended with dinner and the sunset.
Day 2 in San Francisco was even more exciting. They visited the flower market in the morning and the pier in the evening. There was some free time this day and many students shopped around the pier and visited Chinatown. After lunch everyone jumped on a ferry and visited Alcatraz. Many enjoyed learning the history of this once dreaded island and loved seeing the plants and gardens there.
Thursday was the 3rd day, the students got to visit a Japanese garden. They enjoyed the peace and quiet there and then headed off to the De Young Museum. This was a special week at the De Young Museum, they were showcasing a flowers to art exhibit. Florist from the area come to the museum and interpret a painting and create a floral arrangement of that interpretation. This was a favorite for many of the students. After the exhibit they drove to various touristy sights like the adult slide and Lombard Street. They ended the night with pizza and hotel tv.
The last day sightseeing was Friday. The students got to visit Filoli Gardens where they enjoyed the many flowers and the historical house for viewing. Students loved eating at the gardens for lunch and wished they could stay forever. But they had to move on to the next sight, flower shops. Jmiller flowers in Oakland was one of their stops. The owner took the students on a tour of the shop and told them tips for owning a shop. After the shops they visited the Oakland Temple grounds. They enjoyed the beautiful view for a s long as they could till they set off again for Reno for the night and home the next day.
Though this trip may have had some speed bumps along the way this trip and the relationships created will never be forgotten. If you ever can go on a field trip with our department, do it! They help you network, gain experience, and let you see places you haven't seen before, and that makes it worth it.
Students made and sampled food in the Edible Landscaping class this semester. In this course, students learn to develop the principles and practical applications for fruit and vegetables. They learn how to plant edible foods, prune and harvest, and how to store them properly. There is a prerequisite for this class, so it is not for everyone. But those who take it learn different recipes and skills that they can use for the rest of their lives! Part of the class is the eating of the food, the students are assigned a certain vegetable or fruit and they make dishes with it and share. It is lots of fun and sometimes there is a meal involved!
Spring is definitely on its way and the cut flower class is showing us the ropes on spring planting. Our students have planted hyacinths, fuchsia, tulips and many more spring flowers for our greenhouses. This course is here to help the students develop the knowledge of cutting flowers and crops through commercial production, harvesting, marketing and scheduling. It is a great place to learn and grow the skills they will use in grower and wholesale companies in the future. It is a fun class full of color and plants, students love taking it every semester they can.
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.