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July 15, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Why Do My Plants Do That!

Why Do My Plants Do That!

Brush Up on Botany at Bethlehem Library


Bethlehem Public Library welcomes Jonathan Ebba, Field Specialist for Commercial Horticulture in the UNH Cooperative Extension on Monday, July 15th at 5:30 pm.

Mr. Ebba will present “How plants work and why they do what they do:  Botany and plant physiology for non-scientists.”  This program will help gardeners, nature lovers, natural resources stewards, environmentalists, and conservationists to better understand the wonderful mysteries of plant life.

Why does pinching a plant make it bushier? Why do we “sucker” tomatoes? If plants make their own food, why do we still fertilize them? Why don’t my zucchini flowers make fruit? Ebba will answer these questions and many more.

Sometimes we think of plants simply as animals that can’t walk, but they are so different in so many ways. This presentation will give a deeper appreciation of how and why plants do what they do. From making their own food to perpetual growth to reproduction, plants are fascinating in form and function. Knowing a bit about these differences will help us to better understand the plants in our life.

Jonathan Ebba has been in commercial greenhouse production since 1995. After his career as a grower, he taught Horticulture at the Thompson School at the University of New Hampshire. He now is a Field Specialist for Commercial Horticulture with UNH Cooperative Extension where he works with growers in New Hampshire to increase knowledge, profitability, and sustainability.

This program is sponsored by The Master Gardener Association of Grafton County, UNH Cooperative Extension.

The Bethlehem Public Library serves the residents of Bethlehem, NH and is open six days per week.  For more information, go to or their Facebook page.  All Library programs are free and open to the public.