Brother Byron John started working at BYU Idaho, then Ricks College, in the Fall of 1989 in the Horticulture Department. He has been working with students for 27 years designing and landscaping the gardens. The gardens have always been a place of beauty and education. All of the areas have been designed and created by students and faculty, the first project was completed in 1976. Brother John's last project was adding a beautiful stone walkway near the Mountain Meadows Design area of the gardens. He has taught thousands of students the art of landscaping and will always have a special place in our hearts. This semester is his last, but he has left an impression on our lives and on the land that we will never forget.
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.