Tara Vent is a Horticulture student here at BYU-Idaho, but she’s also dually enrolled in a horticulture therapy certificate program offered at Colorado State through the AHTA. At the end of this year she’ll have completed the AHTA program and when she graduates from BYU-Idaho she’ll have her B.S. in Horticulture in addition to a certificate in horticultural therapy. Now that's cool!
How does she take classes in Rexburg and at CSU? The program requires you to take quarterly trips to Colorado, or whatever satellite location of your choosing. You have assignments to complete before your trip and then after. Seems doable, right?
Tara got started in this therapy program due to one of her professors mentioning it in class. She went home and looked more into it and decided to enroll. Tara has a love of plants in addition to a desire to make people feel better, so it’s been a perfect fit for her. She loves working with patients and getting them to do something that they normally wouldn’t have the motivation to do in a standard physical/occupational therapy session. “There’s a purpose behind each task,” she says, “and you, and more importantly, the patient can see a visual improvement instead of simply completing an exercise.” Eventually she’ll pursue becoming a professionally registered horticulture therapist.
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.