Heidi Anderson graduated with her bachelors in horticulture with an emphasis in production. She started graduate school in the fall of 2012 at Utah State. She was determined to find a great career that she loved and paid well. Mark Brunson was her graduate research professor. Here is her story, " I started graduate school fall 2012 at Utah State. I wanted to better my chance of finding a job that I really loved and that paid better than previous jobs. I studied Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management under Mark Brunson. I received funding for one year and researched the human aspect of managing sagebrush ecosystems.
I really enjoyed what I learned, but an opportunity to work at a botanical garden came up at the end of my first year of study. I've wanted to work in a botanical garden ever since I went with Brother Toll on a Pack Trials field trip to the west coast and we visited Huntington Gardens. It was an opportunity that I grabbed at and I haven't regretted. I started working in the Programs Department at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City in the spring of 2013. I worked mostly with children, teaching and exploring nature with them. A few months ago I was promoted to Assistant Horticulturist in the Horticulture Department. In part of the area I oversee is the Children's Garden, where I get to incorporate some of my previous experience with my horticulture knowledge and experience."
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.