California spring trials, California Floral, PLANET Student Career Days, and Fall/Spring Industry Exploration are three major field trips that the program of Horticulture provides to students. Genevie Roylance said about California Spring Trials “It was really cool to see all of the new things coming out and to see how companies can get into advertising and trends.” These trips are not just about the industry; to truly understand a business you have to understand the culture that surrounds the business. The people that have built and maintained these companies live in this culture. James Oberhansley Said “PLANET is a great opportunity to network with the many companies there. It is also good to see the different programs from all the universities.” The main premise of these trips is to network with these people. If you don’t know anything about the community, events, attractions, food, etc., how can you make an informed decision on where to go after graduation? Success is only equal to the happiness that you can achieve with what is given to you. Students, while on these trips, are immersed in the culture of every city they stop in. They explore many different gardens, parks, landmarks, and LDS temples to show students what life is like outside of the Intermountain West. One of our recent alumni, Bre Fitzgerald, received a direct benefit from the industry trips, “Our professors do a fantastic job at showing us the industry as well as cultural stuff about the location of the trip!! I got my first job from pack trials and wouldn't change that for the world!!!.” Our students get to rub shoulders with head research developers, marketing directors, growers, and even owners, Jillian Foss, a senior studying Design/Build/Maintain, was excited to be able to tour Proven Winners and Euroamerica facilities. Our students get a rare opportunity that many universities don’t offer. Our program has been accredited by top organizations in the nation. The reason why we are one of the top schools to receive a degree in Horticulture from is because of the above and beyond things that our professors do for us to advance our knowledge and understanding of the world we are preparing to enter.
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.