‘Welcome Spring’ gardening symposium held March 22

The New Hampshire Master Gardener Association and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will sponsor the annual Welcome Spring Symposium on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Robert Frost Hall on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett.

The Symposium offers a fun, full day of garden-related lectures and presentations. The theme of the day is Innovative Gardening.

Keynote Speaker and Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator at Coastal Main Botanical Gardens Rodney Eason will start the day with his presentation “It’s All About the Plants.”

During the day, sessions will be held on: Edibles Series: Herb Gardening, and Gardening with Unusual and Attractive Edibles; Garden Design Series: Planting for a Longer Growing Season, and Eco-Friendly Gardening; Tree Series: Forest-grown Gourmet and Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation, and The Wonder of Bonsai Art.

The day will end with a Question-and-Answer session featuring a panel of well-known gardening experts.

Vendors will offer gardening supplies and books and there will be a Silent Auction featuring a multitude of gardening items.

Participants will also enjoy a light breakfast and a buffet lunch.

Tickets are $55 for the day. For more information contact the UNH Cooperative Extension, or follow the Symposium Brochure link: extension.unh.edu/NHMGA/Welcome-Spring.

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