Idaho Master Gardeners was first formed in 1976, every year since then it has provided an in-depth, researched based education on many horticultural topics. There are thousands of Master Gardeners that volunteer thousands of hours every year! When they’re not volunteering they are instructing garden clubs, leading 4-H clubs, installing water-efficient landscapes, and working at farmers markets and many more things!
Here at BYU-Idaho we are so lucky to host the Master Gardener Convention. Our Horticulture students and teachers were invited to attend the classes, they learned more about our environment and what we as stewards can do with this world. Some of our faculty even taught classes at this year’s convention, Brother Jerry Toll taught Perennial Plant ID 101, Brother Daniel Dewey taught Fundamentals of Grafting, and Brother Reese Nelson taught Mountain Meadows Flower Bed Design.
It was a fun and very educational experience and we can’t wait until next year to do it again. We hope that everyone was able to attend and have a wonderful time at the convention. Please go to the Idaho Master Gardener website and learn more about the Master Gardeners.
Every year floral students from BYU-Idaho have the opportunity to go to Portland Oregon to work on the parade floats for the Portland Rose Parade. The girls got to work on 14 to 15 different parade floats using only natural mediums such as flowers, seeds, leaves and even vegetables. While there were there they also visited a Japanese garden as well as a Chinese and a couple rose gardens. They had lots of fun and worked hard to get the floats ready for the parade.
The Jefferson County’s DIY Island contest is a competition to landscape and design the island in the man-made Jefferson Lake. The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation department is hoping the public will have fresh ideas and concepts to transform the island into a destination. The Parks and Recreation department will select 10 entries for the public to vote on at the July 2nd Independence Day celebration held at the lake. The winner will get a $100 Grand prize, second place $25 gift card and third place $10 gift card. All designs need to be submitted by June 24 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Rigby. The project for the island should begin around fall and be completed by the end of next spring. Hurry and get your entries in! Read more on the article.
One of the great things about our Horticulture Department is the trips. For the woody plant identification class this semester the students traveled up to the Portland Oregon area from June 6th to the 11th. They got to visit different companies, see plants in a different climate, and enjoy some of the great sights of Oregon. Students saw the many waterfalls in the Portland area, hiking the paths and climbing down to be as close as possible to the beautiful water. In Newport the students visited a couple different beaches, looking for crabs, anemones and other sea life. While there they went for a boat ride and did some crabbing and whale watching. Seven Dees Landscaping was next, the students toured the facility and learned about the different jobs available for them in the future. Visiting Iseli’s Nursery and Baily’s Nursery was exciting as well, students collected cones and saw many new cultivars as well as learned how the production world works. The Chinese and Japanese Gardens and the Portland Rose Gardens were saved for the last day, there the students relaxed and learned in the natural but well-kept gardens before heading home. If you ever have the chance to travel in your classes, be sure to take advantage of the great experiences you will have and friendships you will make on these trips. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
Have you been down to the Thomas E Ricks Horticulture Gardens lately? This warm weather has brought beautiful flowers and new plants for all to see. Spring is the best time for a light walk, studying outdoors or even napping in the gardens. You can check out the different structures like Patsy’s Porch or the new Spirit Garden for fun and relaxation. The Gardens are a great place for activities like FHE or a little photography session. Everyone is welcome, come and see what the Gardens have to offer you.
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.