The BYU-Idaho Horticulture program participates in the evaluation of new plant introductions and the performance of existing varieties in Eastern Idaho. We are located in Rexburg, ID with an average rainfall of 13 inches, average low temperature between -15 and -20, and average wind speeds at 21 mph and extreme winds reaching 50-60 mph. These conditions allow us to obtain data that shows which plants, albeit fruit trees, raspberries, strawberries, ornamental trees and shrubs, lawn turf, and bedding plants for the home garden, perform the best.
Our aim at Brigham Young University-Idaho Horticulture Department 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 opportunities.