Floriculture is the cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants. Students taking Floriculture application, HORT 375, during the winter semester just came back from a fifteen day expedition to California. They started near Sacramento, CA, worked their way down to San Diego, CA, and then driving up through Joshua Tree National Forest. Along the way are many stops at plant production facilities of leading companies from around the world in the Horticulture industry. At each stop students are given a tour around the facilities showing them outstanding, new, and improved plants grown by their company. Many of the trends students saw were improved genetics on Pansies, heat tolerant Impatiens, and new marketing ideas for use by independent garden centers. Some of the Highlight stops were Syngenta, Proven Winners, and Ecke Ranch. It wasn’t all work for these students. everyone was given a chance to see how nature designs by visiting state and national parks. Students also were able to take strolls through botanical gardens. By the end students were exhausted but felt it was well worth 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.