The Macfarlane Greenhouses, a facility of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, and Thompson School horticultural facility at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will host the popular Poinsettia Trials Open House Thursday, December 4 through Saturday, December 6, 2014.
The Poinsettia Trials Open House is at the Macfarlane Greenhouses at 296 Mast Road, on the West edge of campus, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Thursday and Friday, metered parking is available at the UNH Visitor Center across from the greenhouses; parking on Saturday is free. The greenhouses are also served by Wildcat Transit’s free shuttle service: WildCatTransit.com.
Visitors to the free event, now in its ninth year, will enjoy more than 100 poinsettia varieties and assist in ongoing research. Poinsettias on display will go far beyond the traditional red to shades of pink, apricot and deep burgundy and variegations of red, white and pink shades.
Visitors will assist in research by recording their favorites from among new and different varieties. Completing this survey will enter visitors into a drawing to win a poinsettia. In addition, while on the UNH campus visitors may view the 12-foot poinsettia tree in the lobby of the Whittemore Center, and stop by the Evergreen Fair at the UNH Memorial Union Building.
The Poinsettia Trials is a collaborative event to bring research to breeders, growers and the public. Similar trials take place at universities and commercial greenhouses across the country, allowing breeders and growers to evaluate regional differences in the growth and performance of new cultivars. This valuable information provides a basis for choosing the best cultivars for a particular growing environment.
A broad selection of the many poinsettia varieties will be available for purchase from Thompson School students on all three days and throughout the holiday season. The Thompson School Horticulture Club will again host a wreath decorating activity. Fresh wreaths will be available for purchase, and visitors will be guided by Horticulture Club students to create their own holiday wreath. All proceeds will benefit the Horticulture Club.