The Department of Applied Plant Science emphasizes the relationship between the art and science of plant culture. This relationship affects production on thousands of acres as well as on a smaller, more urban scale in residential gardens and in the ornamental use of plants where art is speciﬁ cally emphasized. In all these areas, plants are an integral part of the human experience. The emphasis on both production and aesthetics in the department's degrees and programs has prophetic roots:
"There is a great work for the Saints to do. Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you. Cultivate the earth, and cultivate your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with
pleasure, and that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations." Brigham Young, Deseret News, Aug. 8, 1860,
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