Floral students ended the semester with a bang; one week in southern California. Students made connections with top executives and owners of major companies in the florist industry. Students also toured famous gardens to learn the culture of the surrounding area. “I really understand why he went there” said Elizabeth Elisalde, a senior studying floral design. Elizabeth really loved seeing the trees and flowers along with all the industry stops. Among the many stops was B & H, Elizabeth said “they were so organized… and they let us get hands on with their flowers.” These students spent all winter semester learning advanced skills in floral design and event planning. They got to execute those skills in one of the biggest events in our department; the Annual Flower and Bridal show. As the semester came to a close they had the chance to meet the people in charge of producing the flowers they designed with. “We try to see things that affect what we do [as florists].” Said Ben Romney; the professor that facilitates the floral classes and trips. On the trip they try to see Las Vegas; specifically the Mirage and Bellagio hotels. We have had many interns in Las Vegas and it's a hot spot for designers in our industry. The trip is catered around seeing the L.A. Flower market; it’s such a diverse range of plant material and shows the students the potential they have as designers in our industry. Here are a few pictures from the trip:
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.