On Saturday, October 22nd, the 18th Annual Master Gardeners and Natural Resources Stewards Conference was held at Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett.
Seventeen Master Gardeners and Interns from Strafford County were in attendance and enjoyed a full day of activities.
A portion of the day was devoted to recognizing the volunteer contributions made to the ten NH counties and to hear about twelve projects that received grants from the New Hampshire Master Gardener Association in 2016:
- Alumni Hall, Haverhill. Period plants were researched to create a brochure to educate the public when visiting the Haverhill Corner Historic District
- Barrington Elementary School, Barrington. Two raised beds for pollinators and vegetables so students can keep journals and document the growth of plants
- Copper Cannon Camp, Bethlehem. Large planting area to provide a summer experience for NH underserved children
- Gardens at New Creation, Kingston. Floral beds, demonstration gardens, and vegetable garden with produce given to the Town Food Pantry
- Grafton County Complex, North Haverhill. The planting and identification of perennials to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the gardens
- Manchester West High School, Manchester. Plant sale held to support refurbishing their greenhouse
- Massebesic Audubon Center, Auburn. Working to plant a fragrance garden
- Rivermere Community Housing Raised Beds Project, Lebanon. Six raised beds created to replace those ruined by a flood
- Rooting for Families Collaborative, Manchester. Purchase of tools, watering system, and on-site camera for established gardens at Manchester Community College
- West High School Students, Manchester. School courtyard garden depicting mixed backgrounds of students and their native countries
- Woodman Museum Garden, Dover. The design, plant selection, and installation of a medicinal and industrial garden to become part of the visitor curriculum
- Youth Garden Project, Derry. Garden provides mini horticultural lessons as well as hands on gardening for the Girls and Boys Club
Three engaging speakers included:
- Rick Darke – Looking at, Designing, and Maintaining the Layers of Living Landscapes
- Elizabeth Farnsworth – Climate Change, the Future of Plant Life in New England, and What You Can Do
- Chris Schadler – Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England
It was a full day of continuing education, volunteer recognition, and an opportunity to spend time with UNH Cooperative Extension volunteers from across the state.
As a result of the hard work and success of our annual plant sale, Strafford County Master Gardener Association was proud to contribute financial support for this conference.
If you are interested in the Master Gardener program, use this link to learn more about upcoming classes.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the Welcome Spring Conference – March 18, 2017. Master Gardeners and the general public welcome to attend. 🍁
Submitted by: Judy V., MG since 2007