2007-07-03 / News

'Masters' open their garden for tours

Expert gardeners trained through the University of Rhode Island's Master Gardener program will open their gardens to the public for the third "Gardening with the Masters" tour on July 14 and 15.

Sponsored by the URI Master Gardener Association, the 29 private gardens and four public gardens scattered around the state will be open rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Master Gardeners will serve as guides at each site, and educational materials related to the features of each garden will be available.

Sixteen of the garden sites open for tours are in Washington County, while six are in Kent County, five in Newport County, and six in Providence County. Most of the gardens are handicap accessible.

Guidebooks, which serve as admittance tickets and provide directions to each garden, must be purchased in advance for $15.

The guidebooks are available through the URI Master Gardener website at www.urimga.org, or at Schartner Farms, Exeter; Chaves Gardens, Middletown; The Farmer's Daughter, Wakefield; Highland Farm, Wakefield; and at the URI Cooperative Extension Education Center, Kingston.

Proceeds from the event will benefit gardening education programs of the URI Master Gardener Association. For more information, call the URI Cooperative Extension Education Center at 874- 2900.

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