Horticulture Display in the LibraryAn indoor garden was created on the First Floor of the West Wing of the David O. McKay Library. Created by horticulture students of BYU-Idaho as a part of their practicum classes, the garden featured a working waterfall, flowering plants, potted palms and silk arrangements.
Horitculture faculty members Reese Nelson, Jerry Toll and Ben Romney used their combined expertise to create a retreat for employees and students to enjoy.
"It's always been my contention that plants have a wonderful psychological benefits, and if you think of all of the stressful settings, live plants can help relieve that stress, " says Nelson.
He believes that the natural surrounding will help alleviate "the doldrums" of the long Rexburg winters.
Toll specialized in the presentation of the overall garden and Romney assisted his students with the floral arrangements.
Student Amber O'Riley of Snohomish, WA, was given the responsiblity of designing and maintaining the garden.
This article was featured in the April 18, 2002 edition of News & Notes, a weekly faculty newsletter produced by BYU-Idaho Public Relations Department.
Marissa Parker enjoys studying in the garden.