Forrest Barnes is the elusive, joyful caretaker of the greenhouse and manager of the Thomas E. Ricks Gardens. He very much works behind the scenes to make sure that all six greenhouses stay in working order. Forrest Barnes graduated from Ricks College with two Associate degrees, one in general studies and the second in Landscape management, and later attaining a bachelors degree in 2008. After college he worked for a landscape company in Idaho Falls, ID until he gained a job at a lawn care company. At this new job he worked in Washington state for a time until he became a branch manager in Portland, OR. After three years he moved back home and took a job at Brigham Young University of Idaho working as the greenhouse/garden operation manager. Now he maintains the greenhouses making sure all of the settings are correct, and maintains the ten acres of demonstration gardens. He stays very busy throughout the year between the gardens and the greenhouses, and he is always on call no matter what day it is. With all this work he has to find some down time right? On his off time in the evenings he spends time on his and his dad’s ranch. Trust-T ranch raises horses and cattle which he calls vacation from the hustle and bustle of everyday. When you see him around say hi, he always has a smile and a joke to share.
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.