Spring Arrives at
the UNH Greenhouse Open House March 22-23, 2013
DURHAM, N.H. – Usher in spring with a visit
to the University of New Hampshire Macfarlane Greenhouses during the annual
open house Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, 2013. This year's event will
again provide displays and plenty of information to help chase away winter blues
and welcome spring. The greenhouses will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both
faculty, staff and students will present colorful displays and educational
lectures of interest to home gardeners and landscapers. Visitors can attend
seminars to explore new gardening ideas in depth, including gardening in small
spaces, safely controlling plant pests and diseases, making a meadow or
wildflower garden, and using small fruits or native trees and shrubs in the
landscape. The very popular seminar on cooking with herbs returns again this
year, along with a new presentation on cooking with mushrooms that will be
complemented by a lecture on identifying, picking and cultivating edible and
show-quality displays will showcase Springtime on Main Street New England and A
Cabin In The Woods, and poster displays will highlight UNH research and other
engaging gardening topics. Visitors may also participate in guided explorations
of the conservatory or aquaponics research. UNH experts and Master Gardeners
will be on hand to answer questions that help get gardens off to a great start.
Publications by UNH authors also will be available for sale.
open house activities include a plant sale hosted by the Thompson School
horticulture program and tours of both the Macfarlane Greenhouse and the UNH high tunnels, two greenhouse-style structures associated with the
sustainable agriculture and food systems program where students produce greens
for on-campus consumption. The popular scavenger
hunt and coloring activity for children also return this year. And the
Greenhouse Café, hosted by the Thompson School Horticultural Club, will serve
coffee, lunch, and delicious home-made treats to fund the club’s trip to
Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.
UNH Greenhouse Open House is free and open to the general public. On Saturday,
March 23, it coincides with the Seacoast
Home and Garden Show at the UNH Whittemore Center Arena.
UNH Macfarlane Greenhouses (part of the NH
Agricultural Experiment Station) are located off Main Street on the west
end of Durham. Seminars will take place in Putnam Hall across the parking lot
from the greenhouses. On Friday metered parking is available at the UNH
Visitor Center across from the greenhouses; parking on Saturday is free.
Handicap parking spaces and short-term parking for plant pickup will be
available near the main greenhouse entrance. The greenhouses are also served by
Wildcat Transit’s free shuttle service: www.wildcattransit.com.
more information, please visit http://www.thompsonschool.unh.edu/events, https://www.facebook.com/UNHMacfarlaneGreenhouses, or call 603-862-2061.
The UNH Greenhouse Open House is sponsored
by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, the Thompson School of Applied
Science, UNH Cooperative Extension, and UNH Biological Sciences and Sustainable
Agriculture programs of the College of Life Sciences & Agriculture.