The annual Fashion & Floral Gala took place on March 28. This year there was one HUGE difference compared to years past. Instead of being held in the Benson building, the event took place in the Hart auditorium. This was a great move. There was more room to showcase student’s work and less stress setting it all up. Students and attendees both loved the new venue.
Because the event was held in the Hart auditorium, we were able to have access to the school’s Audio/Video department. They set up the stage (minus the floral pieces, of course) and took care of the sound equipment. It was awesome having the big screens running live footage during the fashion show. Because the A/V crew took care of the stage mechanics, Home & Family students were able to focus on their fashion pieces and the Horticulture students were able to focus on their floral arrangements— just as if they were all contracted for a large live event.
Everything was so professional and it really gave students a great industry experience. The jury’s still out, but right now we think it’s safe to say that this was one of the best shows to date. We’re already looking forward to next year.
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.