Every student in the Horticulture program is given the opportunity to go on multiple fieldtrips. There is a “beginning” fieldtrip and a “ending fieldtrip that all of our students go on according to their own emphasis. Just one of the ending fieldtrips is a two week trip that goes from San Francisco to San Diego along the coast of California. Professor Jerry Toll the Adviser of the trip has been doing this trip for over 10 years now. “There is just so much horticulture industry to see in California. The major world leaders in horticulture have affiliated locations in California,” said Toll. The premise of the trip is to attend the California Spring Trials Conference, which is a multiple location show for horticulture companies. This conference allows global leaders in horticulture to show growers, retailers, and others new plant varieties for the industry, how to display horticultural products, and what makes their products unique and different. Students do get to let off a little steam and immerse themselves in the culture around each stop as well. Students get to wander through botanical gardens as well as some fun things like riding trolleys, beach combing, and Hiking in the Redwoods. It’s important for students to learn about the culture around different areas so that they know if they will feel comfortable making a home there. Zak Noriega, a senior studying horticulture with an emphasis in production, said “Essentially that’s what students are doing, they are looking for a company where they can grow, but also where their families can grow too.”
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.