NH Master Gardeners' Spring Gardening Symposium 2024

We are so pleased to once again be the bookseller for the annual

NH Master Gardeners' Spring Symposium

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.

Register HERE for One Day or Both

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

Horticulture Professional

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Cumberland County


12:45-4:45 PM


Steph Sosinski   In person on Saturday

"Jumping Worms"

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

Author of 

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.

Register HERE for One Day or Both


Event date: 

Friday, March 8, 2024 - 12:00pm to Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

2500 N.River Road
Manchester, NH 03106
Gardening in a Changing World: Plants, People and the Climate Crisis By Darryl Moore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781910258286
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pimpernel Press - February 1st, 2023

The Animal Adventurer's Guide: How to Prowl for an Owl, Make Snail Slime, and Catch a Frog Bare-Handed--50 Acti vities to Get Wild with Animals By Susie Spikol, Becca Hall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Susie Spikol, Becca Hall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781611809534
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roost Books - September 13th, 2022

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