The Horticulture Department gathered to the smells of steak, elk, venison, and corn on the cob. Everyone following their noses wound up at the picnic area of the Thomas E. Ricks Gardens. As the line for food dissipated, the seats filled up. Looking around all you could see was smiling faces and the sounds of laughter filled the air. As the people were finishing their delicious dinner, Brother Dewey made the announcement that they would be pinning the graduating students and that special awards would be presented. All the graduates gathered together and were each presented with a pin while Brother John recited why the Horticulture pin is an oak leaf and an acorn. He explained that a past president had a vision of the students here at the campus that one by one they, like acorns, would fall from the campus tree and disperse their knowledge and bless all those around them. Afterwards, one member of the faculty from each emphasis announced their respective awards to several students. The award for Production was given to Jace Johnson, Design/Build/Maintain was given to Carolyn Bingham, and the Floral Design award was given to Kaylee Ruelas. As soon as the cheering and congratulating died down, Brother Dewey announced that brownies and ice cream were ready to be served for dessert. The opening social was altogether wonderful and was definitely something not to be missed.
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.