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Monarch School of New England
June 10, 2017
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Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network
Quarterly Workshop and Meeting
June 10, 2017
Please join us in beautiful Seacoast New Hampshire for a day filled with horticultural therapy networking, information, and garden tours. The day begins at the Monarch School of New England in Rochester, New Hampshire, where you will learn about the school’s horticultural therapy programs, plant a “living roof” bluebird house, and catch up on the latest news about NEHTN and the upcoming AHTA national conference. From there we will travel south to Bedrock Gardens in Lee, New Hampshire, “an oasis of art, horticulture, and inspiration” for refreshments under the tent, and a restful, private stroll through the gorgeous grounds. Our day will end in historic, picturesque Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where we will dine and tour the lovely gardens of Prescott Park and Strawberry Banke.
Monarch School of New England
About the Sites:
Monarch School of New England
The Monarch School of New England (MSNE) is a unique, comprehensive, private, non-profit, year-round day school for students, 5 to 21 years of age, with severe physical, medical and developmental disabilities. MSNE’s programs, recognized for their excellence, are based on an integrated team approach and a vast array of traditional and innovative programs.
Horticultural therapy is considered a vital component of the therapeutic and vocational programming at MSNE. Following an annual theme, horticultural therapy also weaves curriculum into gardening activities – the 2017 theme, Ecology in the Garden, is supported by a grant from Eco-Schools NH.
Outdoor programming is an important aspect of MSNE students’ daily schedules. A nature trail, forest playground, greenhouse, and accessible, outdoor classroom/garden are featured at the elementary/middle school. The new MSNE high school/vocational training center, opening in July, 2017, includes a horticulture room and plenty of outdoor space for a greenhouse and Farm-to School gardens.
Bedrock Gardens is a private, non- profit, premier New England garden, lovingly created by its talented owners, Jill Nooney and Bob Munger on their 1880’s farmstead. A destination for garden lovers, Bedrock Gardens features the juxtaposition of Jill’s beautiful and whimsical garden sculptures against a backdrop of intricately designed garden rooms and vistas.
Prescott Park, on the banks of the Piscataqua River, and adjacent to historic Strawberry Banke, in addition to beautifully landscaped formal gardens, is known for the University of New Hampshire trial gardens, which showcase a wide variety of colorful annuals and perennials which grow well in the seacoast region.
Meet your hosts:
Elizabeth Brink currently works as a substitute teacher in the Kittery School District serving many students with challenging abilities. Prior work experience at UNH Cooperative Extension includes: Program Assistant for Agricultural Resources, Program Coordinator of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, and nutrition education to limited resources families. She offers hands on workshops on container gardening and simple food preparation using “What’s on Hand?” Elizabeth received an Associate Degree in Horticultural Technology and a BS degree with a concentration in Landscaping from UNH.
Kathy Perry has been a registered horticultural therapist since 2016 and a pediatric occupational therapist since 1981. Horticulture has long been a treatment modality of the MSNE occupational therapy department, and for the past 10 years, Kathy has been fortunate to continue its cultivation.
9 am – 10 am Registration/Silent Auction Donations
10 am – 11 am Campus Tour
11 am – 12 pm Horticultural Therapy Activity
12 pm – 1 pm Lunch (provided) and Business Meeting
1 pm – 2 pm Activity Guide Show and Tell
2 pm – 2:30 pm Travel to Bedrock Gardens (Lee, NH)
2:30 pm – 4 pm Bedrock Gardens*, afternoon refreshments and self-guided tours
*($15.00 additional charge per person)
4 pm till whenever the evening ends! Portsmouth, NH, dinner, public gardens, historic areas
Please download the registration form from the NEHTN website and either mail your check and form to the address provided or you now have the new option to pay via PayPal and credit card and scan your registration form back to NEHTN. Please note the registration fee does not include $15.00 for the optional Bedrock Gardens tour. The $15 will be paid directly at the Garden in cash or by check made payable to Bedrock Gardens. In addition, please note if you plan to attend the Bedrock Garden tour on your registration form, as a minimum number of 17 attendees is required for the garden to be available to our private group.
Valerie Barrett, [email protected] (914) 954-8575 (M)
Kathy Perry, [email protected]/ (207) 831-3953 (M) (603) 332-2848 ext. 18 (W)
Monarch School of New England,
Foss Site, 61 Eastern Avenue, Rochester, NH 03867
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From the East (Sanford ME):
From the West (Concord NH):
Bedrock Gardens, 45 High Road, Lee, NH 03861
From the Monarch School of New England: Turn left onto Eastern Avenue. Turn left onto Allen Street, then right onto Summer Street. Take the second left onto Columbus Avenue/NH 125. Continue on 125 South for 11.3 miles. At the Lee Traffic Circle, take the 2nd exit to continue on 125 South. Go south on Route 125 for about 5 miles. At the stop light at the intersection with Route 152, turn right onto Route 152 West (towards Nottingham). Take the next left (100 feet) onto High Road. Bedrock Gardens is the first house on the left. Please park in the parking area or on the road.
From the South: Drive North on I-95. Take Exit 2 (Exeter/Hampton), and go west on Route 101. After about 12 miles, take Exit 7 in Epping. Go north on Route 125 for about 5 miles. At the stop light at the intersection with Route 152, turn left onto Route 152 West (towards Nottingham). Take the next left (100 feet) onto High Road. Bedrock Gardens, 45 High Road, is the first house on the left. Please park in the parking area or on the road.
GPS Alert! Some GPS systems are advising turning left on the North River Road 1-2 miles before you get to Route 152. This will give you dirt roads and a longer trip. Better, however, to continue past North River Road to Route 152.
From the North: Exit Route I-95 onto Route 4 (Spaulding turnpike). Follow Route 4 west. Don’t miss the exit from the Spaulding turnpike onto Route 4 in about 4 miles. Go another 10 miles through Durham towards Concord. At the Lee Traffic Circle, turn left (South) onto Route 125. Go south on Route 125 for about 5 miles. At the stop light at the intersection with Route 152, turn right onto Route 152 West (towards Nottingham). Take the next left (100 feet) onto High Road. Bedrock Gardens is the first house on the left. Please park in the parking area or on the road.
From the West: Go East on Route 101. Take Exit 7 in Epping and go north on Route 125 for about 5 miles. At the stop light at the intersection with Route 152, turn left onto Route 152 West (towards Nottingham.) Take the next left (100 feet) onto High Road. Bedrock Gardens is the first house on the left. Please park in the parking area or on the road.
GPS Alert! If you are coming from the south, some GPS systems are advising turning left on the North River Road 1-2 miles before you get to Route 152. This will give you dirt roads and a longer trip. Better, however, to continue past North River Road to Route 152.
Prescott Park, 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03802
From Bedrock Gardens: Head north on High Road toward Harvey Mill Rd/NH-152. Turn right on Harvey Mill Rd/NH-152. Take the first left onto Calef Highway/NH-125 and continue for 4.1 miles. Enter the next roundabout and take the 1st exit onto US-4E. Continue for 9.6 miles. Merge onto US-4E/NH-16S via the ramp on the left. Continue for 4.7 miles. Enter the next roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto US-1 BYP N. Take the Maplewood Avenue ramp toward Portsmouth/Newington. Turn right onto Maplewood Avenue. Maplewood Avenue becomes Middle Street/US -1 South. Turn left onto State Street/US 1 North. Continue to follow State Street. Turn right onto Marcy Street/NH-1B. 105 Marcy Street is on the left. There is a small parking area on the north end of the park, as well as along the street. There is also a parking garage in the center of Portsmouth at 34 Hanover Street, which is walking distance to Prescott Park and all of downtown Portsmouth (High-Hanover Parking Garage).
Rochester, NH 03866 United States + Google Map