This semester is the first time in 3 years that the Horticulture department has offered Introduction to Arboriculture. For those of you that don’t know what Arboriculture means it is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. Blake Snedaker our very own campus arborist and Horticulture alumni is teaching the class with the ISA(International Society of Arboriculture) exam in mind. The class started off great, the usual introduction and then they jumped right into the day to day stuff an Arborist has to deal with. They set up a bucket truck, some individuals even tried on the harnesses used in keeping you secure while you are up so high. Next they learned how useful ropes and knots could be to an Arborist. Bro. Snedaker had rigged a zip line to show students how to move damaged limbs over houses or across yards. In future classes students will learn how to tie knots, pruning methods, how to bonsai a tree, and safe climbing techniques.
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.