Bro Dewey, his Horticulture 201 class, and Bro. Toll all left for Utah early on Tuesday morning to introduce beginning horticulture students to different career paths in the horticulture industry. They arrived in Provo at BYU where they met Max Darrington, the Provo Campus Arborist who taught them how to climb trees, and a little bit about his job and he let them even practice their climbing skills on some of the larger trees. After finishing they headed to Intermountain plantings, a design build/maintenance firm, to hear from Seth Reed, (a former BYUI Horticulture Graduate) who manages the commercial design build aspect of the company. He took them to downtown Salt Lake City to look at all the work Intermountain Planting is doing at the city creek project,. Next they headed down to Lehi. In Lehi they went to Thanksgiving Point to see Tony Latimir the Head Gardener. They saw all the different garden styles created at Thanksgiving Point. The students really loved the Italian water fall. The Students then headed back to the motel to gain some rest for the long day ahead of them. The first stop of the day was at Meadows Brooke Design where they met Ginger Belnap, a Residential Designer and a former BYUI Horticulture Graduate, who took them to different landscapes she has designed. Later they headed over to Rio Tinto Stadium to hear from Nick Takas, the Sports Turf Manager. They toured the facilities and saw the stadium mowed. The next stop was Modern Display, an Event Planning Company, where Raylynn Johnson an Event Designer/Florist showed them around and spoke with them about the large events her company puts on. Finally they ended up at Willard Bay Gardens where Owners Barney and Della Barnett talked about the in’s and out’s of Retail Nursery’s and each student was given a perennial plant to take home by the Barnetts. 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.