Our greenhouse and gardens have always been open to the campus and public for exploration. The horticulture students, alumni, and faculty have known this, but a large percentage of anyone outside of that don't know. In fact, anyone that has worked the Plant Shop in the MC on Fridays can tell you that MANY, many, many students don't even know where the Benson building is. Their knowledge of campus buildings ends at the Taylor Chapel. And while it is common to see people enjoying the beautiful outdoor Thomas E. Ricks Gardens, usually the only people in the greenhouse are horticulture students and faculty and occasionally a student wandering around and asking if it's okay for them to be in there.
We’re hoping to change that with our “Explore the Greenhouse” promo. We’ve put this signage up around campus and on the school’s student message feed.
We’re not keeping any official tracking system, but we have noticed a few more non-horticulture students trickling through to enjoy the warmth and beauty that the greenhouse offers.
And it does have a LOT to offer. Our greenhouse is divided into several [connected] houses, each serving a different purpose.
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.