Events to Celebrate Spring in NH Next Weekend

Spring is finally starting to show its true colors—flowers are blooming, trees are unfurling their leaves, and people are out in their gardens and on the trails enjoying the mild weather. The spring season in New England is a short one, and many folks are ready to spend time playing in the dirt or simply soaking up the great outdoors. Here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, there are some great events happening next weekend that kick off the season and help us enjoy everything it has to offer.

Open House at Moulton Farm – Saturday, May 6, 10am – 2pm – To mark the start of gardening season and local food, Moulton Farm in Meredith, NH is hosting an open house. This year’s free event features fabulous food as well as great learning opportunities. Sample delicious dishes and baked goods prepared by the farm’s talented kitchen and bakery staff, and try some of the food items from the northern New England small businesses that partner with Moulton Farm. Everett Bailey, a master maker of Shaker brooms, will also be demonstrating how he makes his brooms.

For those interested in farming or gardening, there are some excellent seminars planned. At 10am, Kyle and Wes will lead a workshop called “Planting Techniques for Better Harvests,” which is part of the free “Good Gardening Workshop” series. This hands-on learning experience takes visitors into the fields, tomato house, and hoop houses to learn about transplanting, plant spacing, trellising, and mulching. Some of the tools they use will also be shown. If you are attending this workshop, please wear mud-friendly clothing and sturdy footwear. At noon, John will present “Tips for a Healthy and Productive Garden,” discussing soil health and nutrient needs for traditional gardens, succession planting, and container gardens.

All of the farm’s greenhouses will also be open, and the staff will be available to answer questions about the many flowers and vegetable plants we grow for gardens and window boxes. Kelly McAdam from the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension will be at the farm to answer gardening related questions. For the children, there will be a free planting activity and farm animals to visit. In addition, with the first 50 purchases of the day, the farm will be giving away $5 in “bonus bucks” that can be used towards a purchase during a future visit. For more information about Moulton Farm, please visit www.moultonfarm.com or call 603-279-3915.

Spring Volunteer Clean Up Day at Castle in the Clouds – Saturday, May 6, 10am – 2pm – Join the Castle in the Clouds team and help get the property in tip-top shape before Opening Day! Volunteers will be asked to help with tasks such as clearing sticks and leaves, which we have plenty of after the big winter storm in March, and cleaning out the garden beds to get them ready for planting. This is a great opportunity to get outside and moving after the long, cold winter while making a difference at the same time! You can volunteer for as little or as long as you’d like for the day, but those volunteers who participate for the full four-hour shift will receive two free tickets to come back to enjoy the Castle during the season. If you would like more information or if you are interested in helping please contact Stephanie at 603-476-5410 or you can email by clicking the live link. www.castleintheclouds.org/events/spring-clean-day/

New Hampshire Day at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center – Saturday, May 6, 9:30am – 5pm – On Monday, May 1, the live animal exhibit trail opens for the season, and on Saturday the 6th, the Center is celebrating by hosting a special day for local folks. New Hampshire residents will enjoy discounted trail admission of just $5 (regularly $19 for adults, $16 for seniors (age 65+), $14 for youth (ages 3 to 15). Visitors will get nearer to nature on the three-quarter mile live animal exhibit trail featuring mink, turtles, frogs, fish, coyote, foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, white-tailed deer, river otters, black bears, various owls, raptors, and much more.

The day will also feature Up Close to Animals Presentations at the Center, and volunteer docents will be on the exhibit trail with live animals and props. In addition, the Howling Coyote Gift Shop will hold its annual New Hampshire Day sale. Dead River Company will be on site providing energy saving ideas, and New Hampshire Electric Cooperative will provide free admission to New Hampshire Electric Co-op Members on New Hampshire Day (NHEC members should mention that they are members at admissions). All trails will be open daily 9:30am to 5pm, with the last trail admission at 3:30pm, through November 1. For more information on the wonderful programs at the Science Center, please visit www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

Spring Bulb Festival at Tarbin Gardens – Sunday, May 6, 10am – 6pm – Tarbin Gardens in Franklin, NH will be hosting a self-guided tour that features colorful spring bulbs. All plants are labeled, and the staff will provide a map of the gardens and will also be available to answer any questions. Guests are welcome to stay for the day and enjoy the extensive, peaceful gardens. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to eat in the Rose Garden Patio. For information and directions, phone 603-934-3518 or visit www.tarbingardens.com.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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