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Plant Shop gives students apples and potted plants

The BYU-Idaho Horticulture Plant Shop is located in the Ezra Taft Benson Life, Agricultural and Biological Sciences Building 275 and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to the BYU-I Horticulture Plant Shop’s Facebook page.

The Plant Shop also has three different locations on campus: two booths set up in the Manwaring Center near the Information Desk every Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to their Facebook page.

The Horticulture Plant Shop is a student-run business on campus, said Jerry Toll, the faculty member that oversees the Plant Shop. It is open for all students, faculty and local community members to purchase and take home their own plants.

Janessa Clinger, one of the students in charge of the plant shop and a senior studying horticulture, said along with the Plant Shop, the horticulture students are in charge of the apple orchards located behind the Thomas E. Ricks Building. Students can come and pick their own apples for a date night, an FHE evening or a fun activity with roommates.

“It’s a self serve so you just put your I-number on the form and then we’ll charge your account,” Clinger said.

She said her favorite part of being involved with the Plant Shop is getting to help people.

“Actually plants help with more motivation when studying,” Clinger said, “Also having plants in your study area can help with better memory, focus, and stress relief.”

Toll said he enjoys getting to help students learn the how a business work, including retail, advertising, human resources and purchasing.

“The Plant Shop is a great place for students to unwind,” Toll said.

Toll said the Department of Horticulture will also be at the farmers markets in Rexburg and Idaho Falls until the end of October.

Clinger said not only do students get to take their own plant home, but they are also helping to support the Horticulture department. All proceeds the department earns help fund the academic trips the Horticulture Department takes to different locations in order to gain more experience.


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