Production students are rapidly filling each bench in the greenhouses. Despite the cold weather outside our greenhouses provide the light and temperature to prepare spring crops for the coming months. Students, in HORT 455, 460, 461, and 470, seed flats and transplant seedlings. These crops are grown for the Thomas E. Ricks Gardens, our big spring bedding plant sale, research trialing, vegetable production, woody nursery stock, and also Plant Shop . The benches are filled with Geraniums, Lavender, Pansies, and Petunias. Soon students will be filling pots with annuals to make beautiful baskets that overflow with color. In doing this, students learn scheduling, specific and cultural crop practices. These skills that the students learn are vital to them in finding careers after graduation.
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.