This past Wednesday, June 29th, BYU-Idaho Department of Horticulture had the wonderful opportunity to host the Regional Master Gardener conference of our area. The Master Gardeners were from all over the southeast Idaho area and a few even from out of state. The day was packed full of many seminars that our own Horticulture faculty taught alongside of the University of Idaho faculty. Some of the classes included: Espalier and Fruit Pruning, Small Garden Big Harvest, Turf Grass Management, and Plant Propagation. After sitting in the Orchard for a delicious lunch catered by the BYU-Idaho Food Services the Master Gardeners were just beside themselves. They loved our campus and were awestruck at our many different gardens. The most talked about garden was the Italian garden, with its detailed walls and wonderful plantings some Master Gardeners just didn’t want to leave. See more Pictures here.
Come and kick back with your fellow Horticulture students and faculty at Bro. Romney's house for the end of the year social. It will be held on the 13th of July from 6pm-8pm. We'll have Bro. Dewey's famous steaks and more. Please RSVP so we know how many people to accommodate for and bring your immediate family(no roommates please) to have some end of the semester fun. The address is 4328 North 740 West Rexburg, ID 83440. North 740 West is a dirt road and once down it, his house is just after the bend .There is a map below to find it.
This past Wednesday, June 29th, BYU-Idaho Department of Horticulture had the wonderful opportunity to host the Regional Master Gardener conference in our area. The Master Gardeners were from all over the Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.even some from out of states. The day was packed full of many seminars that our own Horticulture faculty taught alongside of the University of Idaho faculty. Some of the classes included: Espalier and Fruit Pruning, Small Garden Big Harvest, Turf Grass Management, and Plant Propagation. After sitting in the Orchard for a delicious lunch catered by the BYU-Idaho Food Services the Master Gardeners were just beside themselves. They loved our campus and were awestruck at our many different gardens. The most talked about garden was the Italian garden, with its detailed walls and wonderful plantings some Master Gardeners just didn’t want to leave. See more pictures here.
Bro Dewey, his Horticulture 201 class, and Bro. Toll all left for Utah early on Tuesday morning to introduce beginning horticulture students to different career paths in the horticulture industry. They arrived in Provo at BYU where they met Max Darrington, the Provo Campus Arborist who taught them how to climb trees, and a little bit about his job and he let them even practice their climbing skills on some of the larger trees. After finishing they headed to Intermountain plantings, a design build/maintenance firm, to hear from Seth Reed, (a former BYUI Horticulture Graduate) who manages the commercial design build aspect of the company. He took them to downtown Salt Lake City to look at all the work Intermountain Planting is doing at the city creek project,. Next they headed down to Lehi. In Lehi they went to Thanksgiving Point to see Tony Latimir the Head Gardener. They saw all the different garden styles created at Thanksgiving Point. The students really loved the Italian water fall. The Students then headed back to the motel to gain some rest for the long day ahead of them. The first stop of the day was at Meadows Brooke Design where they met Ginger Belnap, a Residential Designer and a former BYUI Horticulture Graduate, who took them to different landscapes she has designed. Later they headed over to Rio Tinto Stadium to hear from Nick Takas, the Sports Turf Manager. They toured the facilities and saw the stadium mowed. The next stop was Modern Display, an Event Planning Company, where Raylynn Johnson an Event Designer/Florist showed them around and spoke with them about the large events her company puts on. Finally they ended up at Willard Bay Gardens where Owners Barney and Della Barnett talked about the in’s and out’s of Retail Nursery’s and each student was given a perennial plant to take home by the Barnetts. See more pictures here.
Students and Faculty Left on the 16th of May for a 12 hour drive over to Portland, Oregon, a week long tour of the Horticulture industry in the Northwest. Near the end of their drive they stopped off to see the Multnomah Falls and take the Scenic Falls drive. The students loved seeing the scenery and even climbing into old tree trunks. On the 17th one of the highlights of the day was seeing the Japanese Garden and the Classical Chinese Garden. Students were excited and awestruck by the architecture and the landscaping in the Gardens. On the 18th they visited Iseli Nursery, a nursery production company and Pacific Landscape Management, a landscape management company. Other stops included Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping and retail nursery, where Bro. Toll picked up some strays to add to the jungle greenhouse. The 19th was the talk of the Department. The students tested their sea legs and went crabbing in the Grand Pacific Ocean at Newport, Oregon. Miquela Moreno said “Crabbing was a lot of fun; it was interesting that we could only keep the Males”. After an eventful Friday they all headed back to Rexburg to continue the semester in classrooms.
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The team of Florists sent to Portland, Oregon just got back from decorating 8 floats for the Grand Rose Parade. The team included instructors Bro. Romney and Sis. Infanger. Also students Jaime Garrett, Amy Gallup, Haley Checketts, and Emily Davis went to gain some experience and have some fun. They were privileged to have a whole week there. Starting Tuesday they did a lot of sightseeing. They wound up in Astoria, Oregon and It just so happened to be Goonies day, commemorating the 26th anniversary of the release of the movie the Goonies. Wednesday they checked in with Studio Concepts which had just received the shipment of flowers, and so they were able to help process all the flowers shipped in. They finished in the afternoon just in time to go see the Japanese garden, Chinese garden and the Rose test garden. Thursday they started decorating floats. They completed 4 floats that day. The estimated time for a completed float is about 1000 man hours. That is starting from the basic automobile structure to constructing the frame of the float all the way to complete detailed decorating like using potatoes as cobblestone pathways. Friday they decorated the final 4 floats and just in time to get judged for the parade. When getting judged all the moving parts get turned on and you just take a step back and see all the work you’ve accomplished. After a long week they headed back to the campus to catch up on everything they had missed. See more Pictures Here
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.