Plant It, Grow It, Eat It: Master Gardener Symposium, March 21

Plant It, Grow It, Eat It: Master Gardener Symposium
UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Master Gardener Association
Location: Plymouth State University, High Street, Plymouth, NH
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Fee: $60, $55 before March 15th

The annual Welcome Spring Symposium, sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Master Gardener Association, takes place Saturday, March 21, at Plymouth State University. The symposium is open to the public. The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., costs $55, and after March 15, $60.

One focus of the symposium is on school and community gardens, a way to engage students and communities in growing food. Learn how to plan a garden project, engage everyone in the process, prioritize needs, identify leaders, source funding, and maintain momentum. Jeremy Delisle, UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center coordinator, will also discuss specialized tools and production systems, including high tunnel production and other season extension techniques.

Alan Eaton, coordinator of UNH Cooperative Extension’s Integrated Pest Management program, will present “Meet the Beneficials – Natural Enemies of Garden Pests.” Most references on garden insects focus on detrimental pests and the problems they create in your gardens throughout the growing season. Once you learn to identify insects, you will discover hundreds of species that are busy helping your garden grow as predators or parasites of the “bad” insects. Eaton’s presentation will focus on the abundant beneficial insects found in gardens and how you can promote garden health through a reduction or elimination of pesticides.

Roger Swain, “the man with the red suspenders” best known for hosting the television show “The Victory Garden” for 15 years, will share his knowledge in a presentation called “Vegetables – From Plant to Food.” He will offer tips on growing vegetables, their culture, culinary advice, and storage/preservation methods, along with some special recipes.

Multiple vendors will showcase items ranging from gardening supplies to books, and participants can place bids on a multitude of gardening items in the silent auction. A buffet lunch is included in the price.

Register here or contact the UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center at, 1-877-EXT-GROW (1-877-398-4769).

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