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UNH Poinsettia Trials Open House returns

Contributing Writer

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013

Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 01:12

The annual Poinsettia Trials Open House returned to the University of New Hampshire on Thursday, Dec. 5, and will run until Saturday, Dec. 7. A wide variety of poinsettias are on display, including the traditional shades of red, pink and burgundy and also less common shades of white and apricot. The show opened Thursday morning and ran until 6 p.m. It will be open 10-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

The Thompson Horticultural School, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and the MacFarlane Greenhouses, where the event is hosted, collaborated to organize the open house. Visitors can enjoy the event free of charge, and the trek to 296 Mast Road is well worth it. The show boasts poinsettias with names such as Polar Bear, Red Glitter, Sparkling Punch, Candlelight and Visions of Grandeur, to name a few. 

The goal of the Poinsettia Trials is to bring together breeders, growers and the public in an effort to trace regional growth differences, cultivation techniques and expose some truly magnificent poinsettias. It also provides a forum for Thompson School horticultural students to showcase their 2013 poinsettia products. Notice the Christmas tree in the Whittemore Center lobby? It is a poinsettia tree cultivated by the Thompson School. 

All of the poinsettias are available for purchase throughout the event, which is now in its eighth year. If visitors are not looking to buy, they can still offer feedback about their favorite poinsettias and be entered into a drawing to win a plant of their own. 

The MacFarlane Greenhouses are located on the West Edge of campus and for those looking to drive, parking is free on Saturday and metered on Thursday and Friday at the Visitor Center. 

The trials also provide horticultural students the chance to gain experience in the business side of the industry. 

First-year ornamental horticulture student Kailyn Sylvia added, “It gives us an opportunity to learn how to interact with customers, as the business aspect is a large part of the horticulture program.”

The MacFarlane Greenhouses, partnered with the Thompson School and New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, play an exceptional host site for a remarkable display of poinsettias right here on campus. 

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