|The Hot Chick at the Thomas E. Ricks Horticulture Gardens|
On the campus of Brigham Young University-Idaho, there is a wonderful horticultural display garden called the Thomas E. Ricks Horticulture Gardens. In 1977 the college (then Ricks College, a junior college) set aside a ten acre tract at the south end of campus as an outdoor lab for the horticulture students. In the thirty-five years since it has evolved into one of the finest show gardens in the western United States.
Each year the horticulture students design another portion of the permanent display and implement the design. I like to call it "parkitecture". There are formal areas, rustic areas, water features and even a vegetable garden within the ten acre tract. Some of the features have a small sign that says "built by the class of ..." in an out of the way place. There are large areas of tree lined greensward on the south end of the gardens which means there is a lot of room for more displays. Each year the gardens get just a little better.
During the school year, when it's warm enough, students use the garden to study, to court, to get away from the concrete, brick and mortar for awhile. The gardens are a very peaceful place surrounded by very large trees. In the summertime the gardens are used for wedding receptions and other gatherings. The College of Visual and Performing Arts that I teach in has an annual steak fry at the beginning of fall semester in the gardens every year.
I decided I wanted to take my bride to the gardens and walk around them with her for an hour or so. We did that yesterday. I had walked around the gardens a little but had never been all the way through them. They are idyllic. Here are the pics.
|The main entrance|
|The Hot Chick at one of many water features|
|Study or picnic area|
|"Rubble chic" entrance|
|Another of the water features|
|Greensward flanked with tall trees|
|Peaceful garden path|
|Weeping willows are always cool|
|The formal Italian garden|
|Cool ground treatment|
|Part of the Italian garden|
|And yet another water feature|
|Porch at the vegetable garden|
|Colonnaded pergola on the east side|
|Old fashioned rose|
|Pretty purple flowers|
|Another serendipitous shot|
|Say hello to my little friend|
|Purple coneflower and pollinator|
|Bent birch tree|
|Pink water lilies|
|Bunch of grapes at the vegetable garden|
|Looks like a zinnia to me|