Fall is here which means the apples are starting to ripen. The orchard was planted in 1980 and extended out past where the Ricks building now stands. The orchard started off as a research trial of different rootstock hardiness to the upper Snake River valley. The orchard as it stands today has 150 cultivars totaling up around 400 trees. Some of our cultivars of apples date back to the 1700’s – 1800’s, so you’re bound to stumble upon quite a few apples you’ll like. The Apple Orchard Museum is open Mon. – Sat. from 8am – 8pm. Payment for the apples goes by your honor. The Apples are .50/lb, and you will need to bring a bag or container to take them home in. In the shed, on the North West corner of the orchard, is a scale, apple satchels to collect apples in, and forms to fill out to pay for your purchase. the preferred payment is I-card or check. Get out there, start picking, and bake them for FHE! We love to see peoples of all ages in the Orchard so bring your family's and show them all the wonderful things we have in the Apple Orchard Museum.
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.