BYU-Idaho hosted The Idaho Masters Gardener Convention yesterday in the Thomas E. Ricks Gardens. Master Gardeners from Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming traveled here to attend lectures, tours, and demonstrations taught by BYU-Idaho professors and Extension officers. Pulling from the diversity in educators, topics ranged from landscape concepts, to collecting wild flower seeds and composting. Over 150 individuals attended the Convention. Jerry Toll, a professor at BYU-Idaho said, "BYU-Idaho and County Extension offices can offer a lot to the master Gardner's and the community. It was a great outreach opportunity that many people were able to participate in." Participants also expressed their excitement for the information they received and the opportunity to gather together.
This convention will be held yearly at different locations within the region. To learn more about the Master Gardeners program and to find out where the convention will be held next year please click on the button.
Internship: Greenhouse Coordinator at BYU-Idaho
Hans Stokes from Kingston, Washington is a senior in the Horticulture program. He loves camping and orchids, is an avid fisherman, Eagle Scout, and a self-taught photographer.
Hans coordinates all the efforts in the Horticulture greenhouses. Some of his responsibilities include: IPM, greenhouse irrigation, greenhouse maintenance, and management of the trial gardens, orchard, and potager. He also has overseen all propagation from seeding to plugs and has managed two large retail sales this season.
Although he has a large variety of responsibilities, he has successfully found a way to manage his time. Time and employee training are some of the greatest challenges he faces on this internship. He attributes his success to the education he received while becoming a master gardener along with classes in production. During the winter semester he took classes like Landscaping with Fruits and Vegetables which taught him how to set up production schedules and propagate from seeds, cuttings, and plugs.
This internship will prepare him for a career as a grower, which he expects to pursue after he completes grad school. If there was one plant he would love to grow professionally it would be an orchid.
Hans will complete his internship Fall 2012.
Pictures taken by Hans Stokes
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.