The state of the industry report for 2014 had some very interesting statistics and comments for our industry. The trends that this report shows will be seen across the entire industry. Vegetables, Fruit, and Herbs these are the products that people are going crazy over. The design/build/maintain businesses will see a spike in clients wanting edibles in the garden. These edibles aren’t just your average apple tree and some parsley tossed in the flower beds for texture. Clients will want to mix in thyme in there stepping stones, put tomato plants in their flower pots, and squash climbing over their arbor. It doesn’t stop there. Floral businesses are going to see more clients wanting “un-ordinary things” in there arrangements. These “un-ordinary things” aren’t limited to but could be squash flowers in with sunflowers, Rosemary in there hydrangea bouquet, and even thyme in the corsage. 44% of growers stated they would be increasing production for Herbs and vegetables, 30% of the same growers interviewed said they would be decreasing their production on ornamental bedding plants. When asked if they had plans on filling crop schedules with plans to grow produce grows were split 50/50. Ten percent of the growers that said yes are hoping to do this next year and 40% of them said they would be filling those gaps this year with more produce. This trend has been gaining momentum the last year or two and I don’t think we have even seen the peak yet.
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.