Backyard Mindfulness Series

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Cole Gardens is proud to present a series of learning opportunities.  The series will take place at our greenhouse on Saturdays, at 10 am.  Each Saturday is designed to offer knowledge and know-how in areas pertaining to nature.  The topics are endless. The series of talks are free to you.  We ask that a donation be made, with 100% given the University of New Hampshire Extension program.

To register, call 603.229.0655 during store hours (do not leave a message), or email office@colegardens.com, with names of attendees and phone number. Arrive 10 minutes prior to the talk to sign in at the register.

Schedule (Details to Follow)

January 22 at 10 am

What’s new in the exciting realm of house plants?

Douglas Cole, owner of DS Cole Growers, and Cole Gardens, will discuss the newest rage of house plants, their care, and growing habits. Several new varieties, as well as those that have made a comeback in popularity will be discussed. You will have a chance to see many in person. Q&A follows.

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January 29 at 10 am

POSTPONED to February 12 at 10 am

Seed Starting and Propagation

Sarah Marcoux, NH Extension specialist, will discuss benefits and best practices for starting plants from seeds and cuttings. Attendees will learn about how to get started, successful germination requirements, different growing methods and mediums, light and temperature requirements, overcoming common problems, hardening off seedlings for transplanting into the garden, and best practices to ensure seedlings successfully grow into healthy mature plants. Q&A follows.

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February 5 at 10 am

Invasive Plants

Ruth Axelrod, Master Gardener. Ruth’s passion is helping people learn to recognize the ecological impacts of their landscaping and gardening practices and, therefore, to be able to make choices that positively impact their local ecosystems.  Her particular interest is creating environments that nourish the spirit while balancing human needs with those of wildlife and protecting the quality of water in our rivers, lakes and bays. Her discussion will focus on attendees learning the official definition of invasive species and what differentiates an invasive form a native species. The concerns surrounding invasive plants and the ecological characteristics common to invasive plants will be discussed. To assist attendees that have invasive plant issues, a number of practical control strategies will be presented, including helpful resources.  Get ready for spring weeding and keeping!


February 12 @10am

Seed Starting and Propagation

Sarah Marcoux, NH Extension specialist, will discuss benefits and best practices for starting plants from seeds and cuttings. Attendees will learn about how to get started, successful germination requirements, different growing methods and mediums, light and temperature requirements, overcoming common problems, hardening off seedlings for transplanting into the garden, and best practices to ensure seedlings successfully grow into healthy mature plants. Q&A follows.


February 19 @10am

Herb Gardening

Sandy Marcoux, UNH Extension specialist.  This presentation is for those at any level of gardening who are interest in incorporating herbs into a new an established space or in containers. Attendees will learn about the propagation and growing habits of readily available herbs as well as some which are harder to find. An overview of environmental conditions necessary to grow herbs will also be addressed. The use of culinary herbs is included in the presentations; the medicinal usage of herbs will not be addressed.


February 26 @10am

Maple Season

Tim Fleury, UNH Extension specialist  In this session homeowners will learn about which trees to tap and how to identify them, when and how to tap maple trees, how to boil the sap and turn it into syrup, and the equipment needed.  The presentation is designed for folks who have never tapped maples before and backyard producers who want to know more.  There will be plenty of time for questions so please ask them