Friday, July 9, 2010

Leach Library to Host Program on Best Plants for New Hampshire Landscapes

On Thursday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m., the Leach Library will host “The Best Plants for New Hampshire Landscapes” with University of New Hampshire Professor Cathy Neal. This illustrated presentation will cover a variety of landscapes and the plants that best suit them. The program is being held as part of the library’s new Adult Summer Reading Program focused on the theme Water Your Mind – Read.

Dr. Cathy Neal is a specialist in landscape horticulture and one of the authors of The Best Plants for New Hampshire Gardens and Landscapes and several other publications. As a professor for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Program, she teaches horticulture and conducts research and programs on plant selection and maintenance for northern New England. She will have copies of her book available for sale following the program.

In this program, Dr. Neal will instruct attendees in how to identify the landscape they are working with, and how to choose appropriate trees, shrubs and perennials that will thrive there. The presentation will explore such landscapes as woodlands, woods’ edges, sunny borders and water’s edge gardens with beautiful photos and plant reference lists. A gardening themed door prize will be raffled off at the program.

The program is being coordinated through the University of New Hampshire Speakers Bureau which connects faculty and staff speakers with non-profit organizations to share the research and knowledge of the university with the people and communities of New Hampshire. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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