Bro. Johns Construction class (Hort 252) is adding a new addition to the gardens next semester; an outdoor kitchen. Students learn many different skills in Hort 252 like the use of power equipment, heavy machinery, and masonry. Additionally, students learn practical application of hardscapes in the residential landscape setting, such as laying sod, applying stucco, and installing irrigation systems. Each Spring and Fall Semester Students either renovate or install a new garden in the Thomas E. Ricks Garden. The Thomas E. Ricks Garden was developed in 1977 as a way to help with hands on class work for an array of different classes like Hort 103, 230, 252, 311, 319, 321, and 322. Come out bring a picnic, some friends, and maybe a guitar to enjoy the gardens at all times of the year.
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.