UNH Poinsettia Trials Open House Is Dec. 4 - 6
Media Contact:  Beth Potier
UNH Media Relations
November 17, 2008

Reporters and editors: David Goudreault, assistant manager of the UNH research greenhouses, is available at 603-862-2061, email: david.goudreault@unh.edu. UNH extension educator Geoffrey Njue can be reached at 603-767-9072 (cell) or geoffrey.njue@unh.edu.

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire research greenhouses and the Thompson School horticultural facility host the third annual Poinsettia Trials Open House Dec. 4 - 6, 2008. Visitors will assist in ongoing poinsettia research while enjoying hundreds of poinsettias in 80 varieties, many available for purchase. In addition, poinsettia lovers can also view a 12-foot poinsettia tree in the lobby of the Whittemore Center.

Poinsettias on display will go far beyond the traditional red to shades of pink, apricot, and deep burgundy; variegations of red, white and pink shades; and those with names like Cinnamon Star, Eggnog, Ice Punch, Picasso, Electric Fire, Orange Spice and Peppermint Twist. Once again, poinsettias in Fantasy Colors will be on display.

With a continuing focus on sustainable horticulture, UNH researchers, in conjunction with researchers at Purdue University, are exploring the practicality of growing poinsettias at temperatures lower than currently recommended. The results of this research will provide growers with guidelines on how to produce a poinsettia crop with lower heating costs. Preliminary research results will be available at this year's Open House. In addition, visitors to the trials will assist in research by recording their favorites from among new and different varieties.

The Poinsettia Trials Open House, at the UNH research greenhouses at 296 Mast Road Ext., on the West edge of campus, will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A broad selection of the many poinsettia varieties will be available for purchase on all three days. 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: www.wildcattransit.com.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a New England liberal arts college and a major research university with a strong focus on undergraduate-oriented research. A land, sea and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 11,800 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students.


Photographs available to download: http://www.unh.edu/news/cj_nr/2008/nov/Winter%20Rose%20Early%20Marble.JPG
Caption: Winter Rose Early Marble is just one of many unusual varieties of poinsettias on display at the University of New Hampshire's Poinsettia Trials Open House Dec. 4 - 6, 2008.
Credit: David Goudreault, University of New Hampshire.

Caption: Visitors at the University of New Hampshire's Poinsettia Trials Open House Dec. 4 - 6, 2008, assist research by recording their favorite poinsettias from among many new varieties.
Credit: David Goudreault, University of New Hampshire.