September 21st was the Plant Culture class’ Sawtelle trip. Students rode in a caravan of vans, making various stops along the way. The first stop was at the St. Anthony sand dunes, where the students discovered Dune Grass. They learned how and why it grows in the sand. This was their only freebie for the trip, for the rest of the stops Brother Dewey would not be handing out answers; he phrased all of his sentences very carefully. After a few more stops of looking at sagebrush and cattails, they finally stopped off near a wooden bridge. The bridge was built over a part of the Warm River that housed fish bigger than your own arm. They stay there because tourists feed them bread, and it’s illegal to fish there. The students all tossed out bread and some even hopped to the furthest rock out in the water and let the fish eat out of their hands. The question for that stop was why are there no trees on the hillside on the other side of the river, but behind them there’s a whole forest of trees? Eventually they got up to Mesa Falls and took in the sights. Soon they were on their way to their last stop. Driving up the mountain’s switchbacks was filled with anticipation to reach the top. Once up there you could see everything. After taking photos, the class discussed the yarrow that was growing there and why it grew so close to the ground. Finally after a fun trip the whole class made it back to the school. for more pictures click 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.