This spring and summer, David Hokanson completed his internship in Florida with Walt Disney. Of the experience, David said that it was one of the best and most fun opportunities he’s had. He was able to work with a huge range of plant material, hone his I.D. skills, and design and create a themed garden.
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If you think you’re done with plant I.D. when you pass the I.D. classes here, think again! A big part of his internship experience was learning and working with new plants. All the interns had to take an I.D. test, and David got 100%.
One of the highlights of his time with Disney was the chance to design and create a themed garden. David’s Star Wars theme design was selected as the favorite! Another perk of working for Disney was getting to tour the area on their dime. The group of interns visited Bok Tower Gardens, SeaWorld, Gaylord Palms, Leu Gardens, Clearwater Beach, and Airboat tours.
When reflecting on what he learned during his internship, Hokanson said that a landscape should always tell a story. He learned that color is important and that it is vital to bring new ideas and new plants into the world of Disney. He was also taught that it is important to have fun and that the landscaped he created should help others to have fun.
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.