Thomas E Ricks Horticulture Demonstration Gardens

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Tour the historic (pre-remodel)  Thomas E Ricks Horticulture Demonstration Gardens

A Historical view of the gardens

Heaven on Campus


When many students, faculty, and staff need a break for contemplative meditation, exercise, or just a place to view nature, they head for the Horticulture Demonstration Garden. This 10 acre garden on the south side of BYU-Idaho campus began in 1977. Over the years it has evolved into one of the finest show gardens in the western U. S. 


turtle.jpg (64231 bytes) Although used by the entire school and surrounding communities, the garden was originally established to facilitate outdoor teaching for the Landscape Horticulture Department at Ricks College. More recently, it has been completely revised and is now the Thomas E Ricks Horticulture Demonstration Gardens, a main focal point of the BYU Idaho Campus.The entire garden has been designed, constructed, and maintained by faculty, staff and students in the department. Over the years many other campus departments, wards, clubs and community members have used the gardens for many activities.   Many students perform service in planting and maintaining the beautiful beds of flowers, shrubs, and trees.


yellow.jpg (110173 bytes)Some features in the garden are water falls and ponds, the "Beaver's Den", a picnic shelter, the "Lion's Court" gazebo reception area, test gardens, fruit tree orchard, flower beds, native garden, and more. Approximately 10 outdoor wedding receptions are held in the garden each summer. Each year more features are added and the garden continues to grow.  The Lions Court and Picnic Pavillion may be reserved for weddings, company parties, and reunions by contacting the BYU Idaho scheduling office at 208 496-2248



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