Every January our students from the Nursery Management class travel to Boise for the annual Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association Expo. The students have an opportunity to meet and network with the horticulture gurus in Idaho, join the association, attend classes, and represent the BYU-Idaho Horticulture Department. This year was no exception. Our students were gone from January 19-22. As with any trip in our department, it was full of excellent industry exposure and good food.
There are many classes to attend and speakers to listen to on all topics of horticulture and the green industry. One of our own was a presenter this year and had a great turnout during each of his presenting times. Reese Nelson taught on the Mountain Meadow Design Philosophy. Read more about the Mountain Meadow Design Philosophy here.
Each year the INLA hosts a scholarship program for the which the deadline to apply is December. During the expo the scholarship winners are announced. The students were chosen for their scholastic record, student need, and their ability and sincerity in pursuing e employment in the nursery industry in Idaho. Each student received a check for $750.00. Of the the four scholarships awarded, we had two of our students win: Sam Marinho and Jared Rodriguez. Congratulations!
Sam Marinho graduates from our program this April. She used the scholarship monies to help pay her tuition this semester. Sam is currently exploring graduate school options.
Jared Rodriguez will also graduate this April. Right now he is working on setting up an internship at Monrovia. He intends to pursue a career as a greenhouse manager. Jared used the scholarship monies to pay for the California Spring Trials trip in April.
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.