The team of Florists sent to Portland, Oregon just got back from decorating 8 floats for the Grand Rose Parade. The team included instructors Bro. Romney and Sis. Infanger. Also students Jaime Garrett, Amy Gallup, Haley Checketts, and Emily Davis went to gain some experience and have some fun. They were privileged to have a whole week there. Starting Tuesday they did a lot of sightseeing. They wound up in Astoria, Oregon and It just so happened to be Goonies day, commemorating the 26th anniversary of the release of the movie the Goonies. Wednesday they checked in with Studio Concepts which had just received the shipment of flowers, and so they were able to help process all the flowers shipped in. They finished in the afternoon just in time to go see the Japanese garden, Chinese garden and the Rose test garden. Thursday they started decorating floats. They completed 4 floats that day. The estimated time for a completed float is about 1000 man hours. That is starting from the basic automobile structure to constructing the frame of the float all the way to complete detailed decorating like using potatoes as cobblestone pathways. Friday they decorated the final 4 floats and just in time to get judged for the parade. When getting judged all the moving parts get turned on and you just take a step back and see all the work you’ve accomplished. After a long week they headed back to the campus to catch up on everything they had missed. See more Pictures Here
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.