We are so pleased to once again be the bookseller for the annual
The Spring Garden Symposium is prefect for anyone who enjoys gardening and learning ways to do it better.
Four presentations, two major authors and their books.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024
12:45-4:45 PM (VIRTUAL)
Darryl Moore : speaking from England via Zoom on Friday
author of Gardening in a Changing World: Plants, People and the Climate Crisis
Our planet, the Earth, is under threat, with potentially catastrophic consequences for ourselves and the other lifeforms it sustains.
Yet Nature itself can still rescue us - with plants playing a pivotal role, in the countryside - and everywhere. In gardens and parks, plants are the mainstay of our relationship with the natural world, and we celebrate them for the pleasures they bring. However, that can be part of the problem: too often we value plants for their aesthetic qualities rather than the vital role they play in the ecology of the Earth.
In this challenging and important book, Darryl Moore explores how gardens can be better for human beings and for all the other lifeforms that inhabit them. Recent developments in horticulture and plant science show us that we need to rethink our attitude to plants beyond purely aesthetic concerns, and to adopt more holistic approaches to how we design, inhabit and enjoy our gardens.
He looks at the history of garden design, to show how we got to where we are today, and recommends ways of changing to new principles of sustainable ecological horticulture.
About the Author
Darryl Moore FRSA is an award-winning garden and landscape designer and writer focusing on contemporary garden and landscape design and planting. He is Director and co-founder of the innovative urban landscape organization Cityscapes, realizing creative approaches to greening city spaces through novel design ideas that ensure ecological, economic and social sustainability.
Pamela Hargest : speaking via Zoom
Invasive Plants and Some Solutions
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2024
(IN-PERSON AT SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY IN MANCHESTER OR VIRTUAL)
Steph Sosinski In person on Saturday
Steph Sosinski is a Home Horticulture Program Manager at the UNH Extension Education Center. Bringing a diverse background in small farm agricultural production, research, and education, Steph has also carried their love of all things related to garden soil, flora and fauna (including the "good" earthworms!) with them wherever they have traveled.
Steph holds a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Maine, Orono, and a M.S. in Crop Science from North Carolina State University. When not playing with worms, Steph is responsible for providing education and outreach to backyard gardeners and Master Gardeners on a wide range of topics including plant selection, care, weed management, soil health, and more.
Susie Spikol : In person on Saturday
"Mammals in the Garden, Oh My!"
Community Programs Director & Teacher-Naturalist at the Harris Center for Conservation in Hancock, NH
The Animal Adventurer's Guide: How to Prowl for an Owl, Make Snail Slime, and Catch a Frog Bare-Handed--50 Activities to Get Wild with Animals
Calling all animal lovers! 50 hands-on activities and adventures that bring you closer to wild animals than you’ve ever been.
Have you ever followed animal tracks in the mud or chased after the glowing trail of a firefly in the night sky? Want to know how to hold a snake, feed a bird from your hat, and help salamanders cross the road? If so, you’re not just an animal lover—you’re an animal adventurer, and this is the book for you. It’s packed full of hands-on activities and projects that bring you closer to wild animals than ever before—from feathery birds and furry mammals to slippery herps, crawly arthropods, and other intriguing invertebrates. You’ll get insider tips about tools and techniques of the trade, become a citizen scientist, and then record handy field notes about all your amazing animal discoveries.
Look inside to learn how to:
- Track wild animals any time of year
- Use a flashlight for night vision to spy on nocturnal animals
- Start your very own animal scat collection and impress your friends
- Build a wildlife blind and become invisible to animals around you
- Collect things like snakeskins, fossils, and feathers
- Keep a wild guide to your own backyard
- And so much more!
About the Author
SUSIE SPIKOL is a naturalist at the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, New Hampshire. A lifelong animal lover, Susie now helps people of all ages connect with the natural world. To read more of her writings and find out what animal adventures she’s up to now, visit her website at www.susiespikol.com.