New Hampshire

Let Learning Blossom: The Power of Flowers

Stop and smell the roses on this adventure all about flowers, from learning why they grow in certain countries to an exclusive exploration of one of New Hampshire’s few flower CSAs.
Program No. 23752RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

True anthophiles know that a flower is so much more than a pretty thing to look out. Throughout history, flowers have had many significant cultural impacts from artistic inspiration to homeopathic remedies. On this enriching week-long adventure, set your roots in New Hampshire to study these colorful plants, from their different characteristics to the meaning of flowers in art and music. At the end of your program, you’ll utilize what you’ve learned while creating beautiful arrangements and rejuvenating oils, discovering the true power of the flower.
Activity Level
Varies by date
Walking up to 1.5 miles on one day. Occasional standing during workshops.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Alongside an Advanced Microbiologist and Certified Herbalist, learn how to create your own personal herbal teas and tinctures to take home with you.
  • Engage in a fascinating discussion with a local Master Gardener about the design inspiration for their work and how to plan your own garden.
  • Study the use of flowers as a symbol in classic literature, from Shakespeare to Hawthorne.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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Sarah Barkhouse
Sarah Barkhouse has been growing and arranging flowers organically in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire since 2007. In 2012 she launched Vera Flora Farm, named after her paternal grandmother Vera Mae. Over the years she has provided and arranged flowers for hundreds of weddings and events in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and even Connecticut. Sarah has a degree in horticulture from UMass Amherst's Stockbridge School of Agriculture and has been enchanted by gardening and flower arranging since she was a child.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Sarah Barkhouse
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Brenna Morris
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