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    April 24, 2018
    Experts from New England Wild Flower Society
    with their essential gardener’s guide to
    “growing native” in New England
    Tuesday, May 1, at 7:00pm
    “Eminently qualified and passionate wildflower experts Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe have crafted a wildflower guide that ticks all the boxes. Novice and expert gardeners alike will embrace this handsome book brimming over with stunning flower and foliage photographs of native perennials, shrubs, and trees.”
    —Miriam Goldberger, President, Wildflower Farm
    What: Experts from New England Wild Flower Society Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe visit The Music Hall as part of its Innovation + Leadership series to talk about their essential gardener’s guide to “growing native” in New England, NATIVE PLANTS FOR NEW ENGLAND GARDENS. The book shares the expertise of New England Wild Flower Society and aims to help anyone create lovely, hardy gardens that will tolerate drought, resist disease, and encourage biodiversity. This handy guide to 100 great native perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses, and vines also features practical gardening information accompanied by beautiful color photography. The hour-long event includes a presentation by the authors and Q&A moderated by Jameson French, CEO of Northland Forest Products, a Portsmouth resident and gardener well-known for his work in plant and forest conservation.
    When/Where:             Tuesday, May 1 – 7pm
                                      The Music Hall Loft
    131 Congress St.
                                        Portsmouth, NH 03801
    Tickets: Tickets for Innovation + Leadership: Experts from New England Wild Flower Society on Tuesday, May 1, at 7:00pm are $36 ($34 for members) and include an autographed copy of NATIVE PLANTS FOR NEW ENGLAND GARDENS ($21.95 paperback), bar beverage, author presentation, Q&A, and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.
    About the Authors: Mark Richardson, Botanic Garden Director at New England Wild Flower Society, studied ornamental horticulture at the University of Rhode Island and holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program. Photographer and author Dan Jaffe earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, and has years of nursery and plant sales experience. He is a propagator and the stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society.
    About the Moderator: Jameson (Jamey) French is CEO of Northland Forest Products, a Portsmouth resident and gardener. His garden and “off-the-grid” greenhouse in the South End have been on a variety of tours, including those for the Garden Conservancy and the Slow Food Program. Jamey is a founding trustee and ex officio member of The Music Hall's Board of Trustees; nationally, he chairs the D.C.-based Land Trust Alliance and is a board member of the American Forest Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund.
    About New England Wild Flower Society: The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. Founded in 1900, the Society is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. In addition to its base at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA, the Society operates native plant nurseries and sanctuaries in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont; all are open to the public. Learn more at www.newenglandwild.org.
    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at mtalcott@themusichall.org or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org
    For images of the book jacket and authors, please see:
    For an album of photographs from the book, please see: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LgIBZfu9BRknliUE2  
    About Innovation and Leadership
    In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation and Leadership series was first launched nearly five years ago to serve our local business community, bringing together the best and the brightest in technology.  The series has since broadened to showcase opinion leaders, authors and all variety of educators, and to serve audiences from a tri-state region and beyond – all who are interested in bettering the worlds they live in, at work and at home, locally and around the world. These lively and informative conversations feature experts in their field sharing experiences and providing participants practical tools for making meaningful advances in their lives.  From demonstrations in the art of all things digital to special forums featuring regional and global leaders in sustainability, from book discussion-demonstrations on the positive effect of meditation to awareness-raising events led by today’s champions in philanthropy, feminism and family matters, each Innovation and Leadership event is memorable and impactful.  The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation and Leadership series delivers on that commitment.
    Presenting Sponsor: ALNÔBA
    Series Sponsor: Petersen Engineering
    Season Sponsors: Carey & Giampa Realtors; Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire
    "There is a groundswell of interest in using native plants to enhance the ecological value of our properties. But which plants should we use and how should we use them? The clear writing and beautiful rendition of Native Plants for New England Gardens answers these questions in spades!" —Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants and co-author of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden
    "Every New England homeowner who is interested in supporting bees, butterflies and other wildlife should have a copy of Native Plants for New England Gardens on their bookshelves. It won't stay on the shelf for long, however, because this book by Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe will be frequently put to use as decisions are made about which trees, shrubs and perennials should be planted. The authors have chosen the listings with care; the plants included assist pollinators and bring beauty to the landscape. Mark and Dan’s book is filled with inspiring descriptions and planting tips, and is a resource for every home landscaper, be they plant geeks or plant newbies."—C.L. Fornari, The Garden Lady, author of The Cocktail Hour Garden and Coffee for Roses
    “A concise compendium with useful knowledge for both the native plant enthusiast and the curious home gardener.”—Matt Mattus, author of Growingwithplants.com and Past President, North American Rock Garden Society
    "Native Plants for New England Gardens will quickly become a necessary guide for both amateur and expert gardeners. Within the highly irregular climate of New England where extremes are the norm, this book gives the plant enthusiast and opportunity to learn about those plants which are not only suited for our climate, but provide year round interest as well. With so many pictures and vivid descriptions as well as tidbits about many of the plants even the most avid of gardeners is sure to learn something new. This is more than a guide, it's a story about those plants native to New England, and you'll be excited to turn each page to know such nuggets of information as which plants play nicely with others and who might be the plant bully of the garden."Dave Epstein, Meteorologist and Horticulturist, growingwisdom.com
    "Tempted by wildflowers but reluctant to try them on your home front? Here comes a book chock full of inspiration and advice from seasoned experts with an emphasis on realistic. If Richardson and Jaffe have their way, the lines between wild and cultivated will be blurred to benefit everyone."—Tovah Martin, author of The Garden in Every Sense and Season
    “This is the book I have been waiting for! At last, solid expert advice on how to grow, and what to expect, from all the plants we love in the wild. Plus, lots of wonderful tidbits about companion planting, insects and more.”Edwina von Gal, Landscape Designer and Founder/President of the Perfect Earth Project
    “Eminently qualified and passionate wildflower experts Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe have crafted a wildflower guide that ticks all the boxes. Novice and expert gardeners alike will embrace this handsome book brimming over with stunning flower and foliage photographs of native perennials, shrubs, and trees.” Miriam Goldberger, President, Wildflower Farm
    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner,  named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
    With acclaimed signature series including Writers on a New England Stage – a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio – and the Intimately Yours music series, we bring top authors and artists to both stages. Also, HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre of London as well as extraordinary cinema fill both screens almost every night of the year.
    This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $7.1 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending.
    Innovative in its outlook, the organization is community oriented and committed to making the Seacoast flourish. The Music Hall is a 501(c)3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 corporate partners and 58 community partner organizations. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.
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