The Horticultural Department hosted its 25th annal “More than Just a Wedding” show. The show took featured six different rooms, each with a different wedding design or theme.
Ben Romney, the chair at the Applied Plant Science Department, said more than 8,400 hours of student involvement went into the event and it was a lot of fun it putting it all together.
“We get in a lot of things that people have never seen before for the show,” said Jessica Mason, a sophomore studying horticulture.
Romney said the department received floral products from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and the United States for the production.
Romney said nearly 100 boxes of flowers were received for this year’s event. Each box contained between 50 and 400 flowers. He said some of the floral products are donated to the university by friends who enjoy seeing what the department does.
Romney said he has visited many growers and distributors in their various locations and it has been exciting to connect growers to consumers.
The main organization for the open house came through the HORT 338 courses, which include emphases in consultation, organization, planning and gro design.
Students were given charge over committees that covered every detail of the event.
“It is a great way to teach principles and apply them immediately, while providing a delightful experience for campus and community participants,” Romney said.
Romney said there are several classes on campus that participated in the open house.
Most of the students in the Applied Plant Science Department were involved in one way or another. The primary contributors were students who major in horticulture with an emphasis in floral design, production and design/build/maintain.
Romney said the Agriculture Technology students brought some equipment to the show this year.
Romney also said students from the Animal and Food Science Department made cakes for the wedding displays.