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BYU-Idaho’s greenhouse, found in the Ezra Taft Benson Building, is run differently through the seasons. Less work is needed during the winter as less plants can grow. This means that there is a reduced need for staff to run the greenhouse and overlook the apple orchards. With the winter season coming closer, the staff is beginning to prepare, mostly by clearing the equipment and organizing the greenhouse.

 

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“We have to maintain the greenhouse and make sure everything’s organized for the upcoming seasons,” said Julianne Graves, a sophomore studying horticulture. “I love working in the greenhouse because every day is different. Working with plants is a great destress from school, yet a good review since horticulture is what I’m studying.”

 

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The staff and students plant different items during season, which includes pumpkins for the fall and peppers, tomatoes and squash during the winter. Each season provides different plants.

 

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“My favorite things to do vary on the season,” Graves said. “Spring is busy with cutting flowers just at the right time before they fully bloom for the floral cases. I always feel satisfied seeing the back of the Ranger filled with buckets of flowers after spending a few hours in the sun. In the fall I love planting bulbs because it’s like I’m putting them to bed. Around Christmas time I love wrapping up poinsettias. No matter what I do at work that day I always feel accomplished looking back. I’d go so far as to say that the dirtier I get the better the day.”

 

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The transition from fall to winter needs a lot of work. Employees need to move equipment and clean up constantly to maintain the garden for the spring. One of the projects they are working on now requires them to collect tags from the apple orchards to prevent them from getting in the snow.

Overall, the work for the greenhouse is still progressing.

For more information, you can visit the Plant Shop in the Ezra Taft Benson Greenhouse Room 275 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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