Kari Jo is well known in the department for her excitement and her wonderful care-free attitude. She recently came back from her internship at The Marjorie McNeely conservatory in St. Paul, MN. She stayed in an accommodating family’s home. On an average day Kari Jo would arrive to at the conservatory to start work at 7:00 am. She had only three hours to water, prune, Transplant, and anything else in the Public area of the gardens before they were open to the public. The remainder of the day was spent watering plant material in greenhouses, seeding, taking inventory, and ordering. Her Favorite part of the job was working with a renowned Japanese garden specialist, John Powell. Powell was there consulting with the conservatory on a renovation of their Japanese garden. Kari Jo worked very close with Powell to construct a particular fence that only she was trusted to build. Kari Jo said the skill she learned the most on her internship was to be flexible. With so many gardens and so many people in charge you need to learn to adapt to how each person wants their area to look. Her main advice for all the students preparing to get an internship is to make sure to “be on time and be ready to get dirty.” So if you see Kari Jo in the halls feel free to ask her about her internship and any other questions you might have.
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.