Bro Dewey, his Horticulture 201 class, and Bro. Barnes all left for Utah early on the morning of November 2nd to introduce beginning horticulture students to different career paths in the horticulture industry. They arrived in Provo at BYU where they met Brian Hill, the Baseball field manager who taught the care that goes into the field every day. Once they heard from him the students headed over to the Football field where they met with Richard Clarke who invited them under the blown up tarps and onto the field. 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 Sculptures of Jesus Christ they had on display. 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 Brook 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 Flower patch to hear from Tom Gordon, the owner. They toured the facilities and saw the different services they offer and the many flowers they provide. The next stop was J&J Nursery, where Bill Doty a manger showed them around and spoke with them about the different plants they grow and different tricks they’ve picked up over the years. 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 pansy to take home by the Barnetts. Click here to see more pictures.
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.