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Signs of Spring: Greenhouse Open House March 30 and 31

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
March 21, 2007

Cheryl Smith photos

As the snow recedes and days grow warmer, gardeners can jump-start the planting season at UNH’s annual Greenhouse Open House, March 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-day event is free and open to the public

At this annual rite of spring, UNH staff and students present informative displays of interest to home gardeners, growers and landscapers. Visitors will learn about biofuel crops, carnivorous plants, Eastern equine encephalitis, sweet potato varieties for New Hampshire, and the Rockingham Botanical Garden.

Experts are on hand to answer gardening questions, and the UNH Plant Diagnostic Lab will figure out what ails visitors’ sickly plants. Additional displays include information on the New Hampshire Master Gardener program, snack seed pumpkins, and food safety for home gardeners.

Cheryl Smith photos

In addition, visitors can walk through the Lost River and Medieval castle garden displays and take tours of the UNH greenhouses, and children can participate in a scavenger hunt and coloring contest. Plants and Cooperative Extension publications will be available for sale.

The Greenhouse Open House once again coincides with the 2007 Seacoast Flower, Home & Garden Show at the Whittemore Center March 30 and April 1. Shuttle service will be available between the greenhouses and the Whittemore Center on Friday and Saturday.

The UNH Greenhouse Open House is sponsored by the Thompson School of Applied Science, department of plant biology, Cooperative Extension, and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture For more information call 2-3200 or visit extension.unh.edu.

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