BYU Idaho Applied Plant Science Dept.           my Office is located in the
Science and Technology Center
STC 310E
   Phone: (208) 496-4590
If you are looking for flowers,  call
(208) 496-4599
the number for the Bloom Room which
is located in Benson Building room 144

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Also, please take a look at the BYU Idaho Horticulture Program:

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Please click on the class to view the syllabus

Hort 230 Intro to Arch Land Des

I have taught this course both on campus, and as a travel study course in Meso-Central America, and Europe

Hort 287R Flower Center

A student run floral marketplace, housed in Benson 147


Experience Provider Report

for evaluating interns

APS 290 Special Problems

an independent study course that provides opportunities to receive credit for experiential learning, and practical applications


an introduction to the business of bringing plants into the home, office, and public space

Hort 335 Flower Arranging

introduction to the basics of floral design

Hort 336 Cultural Design Influence

A broad and deep look at culture, how it influences design, and how design can influence our culture...

Hort 338R Wedding/Event Planning

The Wedding Workshops have transformed into a repeatable "Wedding and Event Planning" course


Hort 339 Portfolio

advancing your image

Hort 435 Advanced Floral Design

focus on retail floristry techniqe

Hort 437 Interpretive Design (combined with 436)

Course no longer offered. Course content is now found in Contemporary Floral Design

Hort 438R Bridal Couture Design Lab

Wedding bouquet construction


Hort 436 Contemporary Floral Design

Contemporary Design Syllabus

new course beginning Winter semester 2018

Hort  436  Competition Design(combined with 437)

Course no longer offered. Course content is now found in Contemporary Floral Design


Design Workshops and Travel Experiences:

If you love to travel, you might enjoy some of the places I have been. 
 Here are photos of a few favorite places I have visited in Europe:

Travel in México and Central America
visiting growers, discovering cultural applications of plant science

Design Workshops and Seminars in México and Belize
design presentation in DF México

I have directed and conducted Travel Study in:
Europe (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, Netherlands)
Eastern Europe (Bulgaria)
MesoAmerica, Central America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama)
South America (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay)

and throughout North America
Canada (British Colombia, Ontario)
and the United States (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia)


FIELD EXCURSION ITINERARIES (click on year to see details)
2012 Floral Field Excursion to Southern California; additional trips with similar itinerary for 2013, 14, 15
2011 Floral Excursion to San Francisco and Los Angeles Flower Markets  (similar adventures to San Francisco in 2016 and 2017)
2010 Floral Excursion to LA Flower Market, Fashion District, San Diego Zoo...
2009 Floral Excursion to LA Flower Market
2008 Floral Field Excursion to Los Angeles Flower Market
2007 floral field excursion to SW LA, Carpinteria, San Luis Obispo, San Simeon
2006  Senior Floral Field Excursion to the Southwest
2005 floral southwest field excursion
2003 floral excursion to Canada








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Meso America Tour
Students from BYU Idaho traversed the southern part of Mexico, northeastern Guatemala, Belize, and the Yucatan Peninsula.  I was priviledged to help direct, and teach on the trip in May of 2004.

For more information about this travel opportunity, click on the the tour links above.

English Study Abroad

Kaye and I were blessed with the opportunity to travel on several occasions with a group of BYU Idaho Faculty and students to visit the Emerald Isle, (Ireland) including the isle of Inishmore, North Wales and England, South Wales and Southern England, and Paris, France. In 2009 and 2011, 2012, and 2013. I studied various landscape and floral design styles, and documented collections of herbs and flowers that are on display in the gardens associated with many well known literary people, such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth, WB Yeates, Hardy, and Jane Austin. The tour, the people, the culture, getting to learn with fantastic Faculty leaders and travelers, (Vaughn Waddell, Scott Samuelson, Karen and Josh Holt, Kip and KristyHartvigsen, Darin Merril, Robert Bird, ClydaRae Blackburn, Reese and Kathy Nelson) combined with the adventure of travel to such a collection of historically significant sites is a great experience!


                           is a service organiztion that joins the people of states in the US 
with countries and cities of 
Latino America and the Caribbean 
     IDAHO is a partner with the cities of Guayaquil and Cuenca, ECUADOR






Hardiness Zone information (because anyone interested in the applications of Plant Science should want to know what hardiness zone they live in...

USDA Hardiness Zones


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