Students and Faculty Left on the 12th of May for a 12 hour drive over to Portland, Oregon, a week long tour of the Horticulture industry in the Northwest. Near the end of their drive they stopped off to see the Multnomah Falls and take the Scenic Falls drive. The students loved seeing the scenery and even climbing into old tree trunks. On the 13th one of the highlights of the day was seeing the Japanese Garden and the Classical Chinese Garden. Students were excited and awestruck by the architecture and the landscaping in the Gardens. On the 14th they visited Iseli Nursery and Bailey Nursery, two different nursery production companies. Other stops included Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping and retail nursery, Terra Nova, and the Portland temple grounds. “It was nice to see how landscape companies managed in that region” said Steven Cray, a design/build/maintain student. The end of the week was the talk of the Department. The students tested their sea legs and went crabbing in the Grand Pacific Ocean at Newport, Oregon. After an eventful week they all headed back to Rexburg to continue the semester in classrooms.
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.