Come learn how to make your own aquaponics system using household materials at the University of New Hampshire Spring Open House at the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, 2017. The greenhouses will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days, and the event is free and open to the public.
A facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, the UNH Macfarlane Research Greenhouses provide a venue for UNH faculty, staff and students to present colorful displays and educational lectures of interest to home gardeners, greenhouse producers, and landscapers. In addition to learning about aquaponics, visitors will learn how to create a water feature in a home garden, why they should be eating more berries and other fruits and find creative ways to integrate these antioxidant-rich foods into a daily diet, and how to grow a small fruits in your home garden. Garden show-quality displays will showcase the landscape of Peter Pan.
This year’s spring open house celebrates the year of the pansy. According to the National Garden Bureau, pansies were considered a weed until the 19th century. Today, pansies are a hybrid plant cultivated from those wildflowers in Europe and western Asia. With more than 400 garden pansy varieties, pansies are considered annual bedding plants, used for garden decoration during cooler planting seasons. Pansies come in a rainbow of colors, from crisp white to almost black, and most all colors in between.
In addition, The NH Agricultural Experiment Station will host a Research Field Day as part of the Spring Open House. Researchers will be available to discuss the latest in UNH research at the greenhouses on vegetable and fruit breeding, aquaponics, and more. The research field day will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31.
The UNH Plant Diagnostic Lab and Cooperative Extension Plant Health Program will have a display on common diseases and problems of garden and landscape plants. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions about plant health problems. UNH experts and Master Gardeners will be on hand to help get gardens off to a great start.
Other open house activities include a plant sale hosted by the Thompson School horticulture program and tours of both the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses 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. Our popular Scavenger Hunt returns this year with a brand new theme. The Greenhouse Café will serve coffee, lunch, and delicious home-made treats. The café, hosted by the Thompson School Horticultural Club, helps fund the club’s spring trip to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Download the complete schedule of activities here.
On Saturday, April 1, the Open House coincides with the Seacoast Home and Garden Show.
The UNH Macfarlane Research Greenhouses 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 shuttle service: https://www.unh.edu/transportation/wildcat-transit.
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The UNH Greenhouse Open House is sponsored by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, the Thompson School of Applied Science, the biological and sustainable agriculture programs of the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, and UNH Cooperative Extension.
Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire's land-grant university heritage and mission. We steward federal and state funding, including support from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to provide unbiased and objective research concerning diverse aspects of sustainable agriculture and foods, aquaculture, forest management, and related wildlife, natural resources and rural community topics. We maintain the Woodman and Kingman agronomy and horticultural research farms, the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses, the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, and the Organic Dairy Research Farm. Additional properties also provide forage, forests and woodlands in direct support to research, teaching, and outreach.