A group of students traveled to the City of Roses to participate in creating the floats for the annual rose parade.
Here's what Jadice Rhead had to say:
I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity I had to design floats for the Portland Rose Festival Parade this past week. For approximately 14 hours a day, we designed flower arrangements for six of the fifteen floats, and assisted where needed on four more. At first it was intimidating to create such large pieces. The five of us had to communicate with one another in order to match our designs on each float. Although this was challenging at times, we quickly got the hang of it and designed some pretty fun arrangements!
Read an article about the event here.
The New Year started off with a bang for Sis. Infanger and two Floral Students, Haley Van Meeteren, and Lauren Smith. Each year Sis. Infanger takes a couple of Floral students with her to Pasadena, CA to help design floats the parade of all parades. This year was no different other than they were working for a new company called Fiesta Parade Floats. The first day teacher and students helped prep many of the different floats. The next day they were assigned two floats of their own to design, Aids Healthcare Foundation and Beverly Hills Petcare Association. The parade had 100 entries with around 30 being just floats. Both floats that Sis. Infanger, Van Meeteren, and Smith were working on won awards. The Beverly Hills Petcare Association won the Lathrop K. Leishman award for most beautiful non-commercial float. The Aids Healthcare Foundation for most effective use and display of roses in concept, design, and presentation. The company as a thank you gave Sis. Infanger, Haley, and Lauren all tickets to see the parade. Fiesta Parade Floats has asked us to come back next year which will be more than a treat because it is the 125th anniversary.
Very early in the morning on December 27th, 2011, several students and Sister Infanger left for Pasadena, California. They were headed to attend the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. The trip lasted one week and the students were able to participate in the making of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Two of the participating students were new to the trip this year, Mallory Layton and Liesel Hirschi. They were able to go and work as floral designers on a few floats that the Phoenix Decorating company produced. Returning alumni were Hayley Sheppard, a senior at BYUI, and Kristin Wheelwright, a graduate of BYUI who flew all the way from New York to participate. Hayley and Kristin were actually hired by the Phoenix Decorating company to design and put together some of the floats. Because there were a few days before Sister Infanger and her students could start working on the floats, they spent some time sightseeing in sunny and warm Pasadena. They were able to go to the Griffith Observatory, they experienced the winter beach at Santa Monica Pier, and they even got to go shopping in the Old Downtown area! And then the work began. Out of the 44 floats that were in the Rose Parade, the Phoenix company produced 22 of them! Lucky Sister Infanger and crew got to work on these beautiful pieces of art! The theme of the parade this year was Just Imagine. It was held on Monday January 2, 2012 and the float decorators worked hard all Saturday night to be sure the floats were ready for final judging on Sunday. The four girls and Sister Infanger were separated onto teams that took care of several different floats. The work that they did largely included designing the floral part of the floats. Some of their other responsibilities included wiring, greening, and finally placing the flowers to bring to life the magnificent floats. The girls and Sister Infanger stayed in Pasadena for the final judging and then drove home that night. “I was actually home in time to watch it on TV! Which was weird!” stated Sister Infanger. The girls had worked hard and were rewarded with the satisfaction of several floats winning trophies in the tournament.
The floats, which the girls and Sister Infanger worked on, that received awards are as follows:
-Craftsman Trophy- Trader Joe’s “Hot Lava” (Sis. Infanger and Liesel)
-Directors’ Trophy- Bayer Advanced “Garden of Imagination” (Kristin)
-Judges’ Special Trophy- Donate Life “One More Day” (Sis. Infanger and Liesel)
-National Trophy- Western Asset Management “Imagine in America” (Mallory)
-Princesses’ Trophy- Rotary International “Inching Towards the End of Polio” (Hayley)
-Theme Trophy- US Bank “Idea Factory” (Kristin)
-Tournament Special Trophy- RFD-TV “Happy Trails” (Mallory)
(For a list of all the floats that received awards click here.)
This trip was deemed very successful and was “a good experience” all around. The students were able to network with recognized national leaders in the Floral Design and Event industry. Attending this event gives them the opportunity to design in one of the largest floral events in the nation. Not only is this Pasadena trip an annual opportunity, but students from the Horticulture Department also have the opportunity to apply for and attend the annual Grand Floral Parade in Portland, Oregon. The application to the Portland event for this year will be available in March.
The team of Florists sent to Portland, Oregon just got back from decorating 8 floats for the Grand Rose Parade. The team included instructors Bro. Romney and Sis. Infanger. Also students Jaime Garrett, Amy Gallup, Haley Checketts, and Emily Davis went to gain some experience and have some fun. They were privileged to have a whole week there. Starting Tuesday they did a lot of sightseeing. They wound up in Astoria, Oregon and It just so happened to be Goonies day, commemorating the 26th anniversary of the release of the movie the Goonies. Wednesday they checked in with Studio Concepts which had just received the shipment of flowers, and so they were able to help process all the flowers shipped in. They finished in the afternoon just in time to go see the Japanese garden, Chinese garden and the Rose test garden. Thursday they started decorating floats. They completed 4 floats that day. The estimated time for a completed float is about 1000 man hours. That is starting from the basic automobile structure to constructing the frame of the float all the way to complete detailed decorating like using potatoes as cobblestone pathways. Friday they decorated the final 4 floats and just in time to get judged for the parade. When getting judged all the moving parts get turned on and you just take a step back and see all the work you’ve accomplished. After a long week they headed back to the campus to catch up on everything they had missed. See more Pictures Here
Attention all Floral Emphasis students: The team is being assembled to head to Portland for the Rose Festival. Please go to the "Trips" tab on the menu bar, fill out, and submit an application to join the design team that will head to Portland, Oregon from June 6th to the 11th (Monday through Saturday). You must fill out an application and submit it in order to be considered for the team. Deadline for application is April 29th, 2011. If you have questions, please contact Sister Infanger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Studio Concepts has invited us back to decorate floats for the 2010 Portland Rose Parade! We will take applications for those that are interested in going. The cost is 400 dollars; this covers transportation, lodging, food, and any tours that we take in that area. Space is limited so get your application in soon. Selection will be based on demonstration of needed design skills. Priority will be given to those that have served internships as well as those who have not yet had the opportunity to attend. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in attending and helping decorate floats.
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.