This past Wednesday, June 29th, BYU-Idaho Department of Horticulture had the wonderful opportunity to host the Regional Master Gardener conference of our area. The Master Gardeners were from all over the southeast Idaho area and a few even from out of state. The day was packed full of many seminars that our own Horticulture faculty taught alongside of the University of Idaho faculty. Some of the classes included: Espalier and Fruit Pruning, Small Garden Big Harvest, Turf Grass Management, and Plant Propagation. After sitting in the Orchard for a delicious lunch catered by the BYU-Idaho Food Services the Master Gardeners were just beside themselves. They loved our campus and were awestruck at our many different gardens. The most talked about garden was the Italian garden, with its detailed walls and wonderful plantings some Master Gardeners just didn’t want to leave. 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.