Rooted in New Hampshire: Our Gardens, Our Lands

2018 NHMGA Spring Symposium

Sat, 03/17/2018

8:30am - 4:00pm

The New Hampshire Master Gardener Association (NHMGA) is pleased to invite you to attend our 2018 "Welcome Spring" Symposium on Saturday, March 17 at Southern New Hampshire University. Our theme this year is Rooted in New Hampshire: Our Gardens, Our Lands.

The Program

Registration | 8:30 -  9:30

Silent Auction | 8:30 -  1:15

Welcome, Introduction | 9:30 – 10:00                                    

Kelly Orzel, “The Armchair Locavore Tour” | 10:00 – 11:00

Break, Silent Auction, Book Vendor, Beverages | 11:00 - 11:15

Maria Noel Groves, “Backyard Medicine:  Herbs to Grow and Use” | 11:15 – 12:15

Lunch, Book Vendor | 12:15 - 1:30 Note:  Silent Auction ends at 1:15

Tovah Martin, “Boot Camp for your Senses” | 1:30 -  2:30

Break, Book Vendor, Pay Silent Auction, Beverages | 2:30 -  2:45

David Patrick, “Climate Change and Extreme Weather in NH: Prompting Resilience from Gardens to Forests” | 2:45 - 3:45


General registration is $80 per person. Breakfast and lunch is included with your registration. You can conveniently and securely register online with a credit card. The deadline to register is March 12. If you miss the deadline, you can register at the door (space permitting). Refunds are not available after March 1. If you are a NHMGA member or Extension staff member, you may be eligible for discounted registration. The price for NHMGA members is $65 through March 1. If you would like to pay by check, you can select that option in the online registration form or you can complete this printable registration form. If you choose to print and complete that form, you can mail it to Nate Bernitz with your check enclosed at 329 Mast Rd, Ste 115, Goffstown, NH 03045.


The NHMGA was created in November, 2003 in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension. The purpose of the Association was, and continues to be, to enhance the Master Gardener program and to offer Master Gardeners an extra layer of support, education, and community. The New Hampshire Master Gardeners Association volunteers work hard to improve the quality of life in NH communities. NHMGA members foster horticultural education and outreach in support of the UNHCE mission. Membership is not required to retain Master Gardener status. However, in order to be eligible to receive grant money from the NHMGA, you must be an active master gardener.

The NHMGA provides financial resources to its members through scholarships and grants for approved community projects. The NHMGA Special Projects Committee is pleased to announce its tenth year assisting Master Gardeners and Master Gardener Interns with funding their projects. Prior grant recipients have taken leadership roles within community gardens and school gardens and numerous other not-for-profit organizations around the state have benefited from the NHMGA's generosity and Master Gardener expertise.

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Speaker Bios

Kelly Orzel is a horticulturist, writer, photographer, speaker and grower of green things. With more than 15 years of experience, she specializes in kitchen gardening, 5 senses and cottage garden design. While she is an expert in growing herbs, forcing bulbs and branches, container gardens, terrariums and native coastal plants, give her anything and she’ll grow it. Kelly began working at a local nursery as a teenager and fell in love with dirt. She believes gardening is a simple pleasure and should be enjoyed by everyone, let her share how easy it is to grow your own fruits, vegetables, herbs and more! In 2008 Kelly earned her Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Texas Tech University and moved to Maine from New Jersey.  She is a Master Gardener and a freelance writer and photographer for national garden magazines and newspapers. Kelly has also appeared on local television hawking the virtues of horticulture. Kelly's website is

Dr. David Patrick is the new Director of Conservation for the Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire. Patrick oversees the conservancy’s growing portfolio of science-based conservation work across the state, including land, freshwater and marine strategies. Patrick, who holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine, Orono, comes from Paul Smiths College in upstate New York, where he was an assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife science. For the past five years he also served as executive director of the college’s Center for Adirondack Biodiversity, whose mission is to use ecological research as a vehicle for undergraduate education and mentoring, and to contribute towards efforts to conserve biodiversity in and around the 6-million acre Adirondack Park.

Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic and Education Center, nestled in the pine forests New Hampshire. She has been working with herbs for more than 20 years, is certified by Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, and a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Maria devotes her business to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. She is the author of the award-winning book Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and a regular contributor to Herb Quarterly and other holistic publications. Her second book on medicinal herb gardening hits bookstores in 2019. Learn more about Maria and herbs at

Tovah Martin - In her constant, undying pursuit of all things garden-related, Tovah gets her hands dirty both outside and indoors. She is a perennial, heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener of fanatical proportions, and is accredited with NOFA as an Organic Land Care Professional. Beyond the garden outdoors, Tovah’s areas of specialty also include decades of experience with tropicals (especially begonias) in windowsills, greenhouses, and otherwise. Her passion for gardening inside her home led to her most recent books, The Unexpected Houseplant (Timber Press, 2012) and The New Terrarium (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2009). These newest publications are added to more than a dozen titles that Tovah has authored including Tasha Tudor’s Garden (Houghton Mifflin, 1994).

Southern New Hampshire University Dining Hall & Banquet Facility
2500 N River Rd
Hooksett, NH 03106


$80 and $65 for NHMGA members before March 1


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Anna Boudreau
State Advisory Council Chair