MEDIA ADVISORY: UNH to unveil 12-foot-high "poinsettia tree" at LOB
Legislative leaders to present joint declaration recognizing UNH Environmental Horticulture students
UNH Media Relations, 603-862-1566
Paul Fisher, UNH associate professor of plant
biology and Cooperative Extension, 603-862-4525
November 25, 2003
What: A press conference will be held to unveil a 12-foot-high "poinsettia
tree " and to promote the horticulture industry in New Hampshire – poinsettia
is the most popular potted flowering plant in the U.S., with more
than $250 million in annual sales. The press conference will also
highlight the working relationship among members of the horticulture
industry, the University of New Hampshire horticulture program,
the Cooperative Extension, and members of the state legislature.
Where: N.H. Legislative Office Building, Concord, N.H.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at 10 a.m.
Details: Speakers include Ann Weaver Hart, president of the University
of New Hampshire; state Sen. Thomas R. Eaton, president of the
N.H. Senate; state Rep. Michael Whalley, deputy speaker of the
House of Representatives and surrogate for House Speaker Gene G.
Chandler; and, Rick Simpson, president of the N.H. Plant Growers
Association. Sen. Eaton and Rep. Whalley will present a declaration
to a UNH student who is part of the class responsible for growing
the poinsettia plants.
Background: A 12-foot-high “tree” with 40 varieties
of potted poinsettia and 175 plants will be displayed in the N.H.
Legislative Office Building through the holiday season. These cultivars,
grown by UNH students and staff, show a range of colors including
red, pink, white and purple. UNH is a leader in poinsettia research
and its Cooperative Extension provides services to growers in New
Hampshire to improve crop quality and increase profit.
Sponsors of the display include the UNH Anna and Raymond Tuttle
Environmental Horticulture Fund and the N.H. Plant Growers Association.
A press packet of information about the project and UNH partnerships
with the horticulture industry, and a fact sheet on poinsettias
for the homeowner, will be available at the event. Flowers will
also be provided.