2008-05-29 / News

Classes for gardeners forming at URI

Amateur gardeners interested in learning more about their hobby are invited to participate in the fourth annual Summer Gardening School sponsored by the University of Rhode Island.

This informal series of six outdoor sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings, June 10 and 17, July 15 and 29, and August 5 and 19. All sessions will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

"This year's school is designed to provide gardeners with useful gardening tips and a thorough understanding of a wide range of gardening topics - from perennial garden management to the basics of composting - so that both new and experienced gardeners can get more out of their time in the garden," explained Rosanne Sherry, coordinator of the URI Master Gardener program.

In addition to perennials and composting, participants may attend sessions covering rose gardening, shade gardens, growing healthy vegetables, and detecting invasive plants.

"These are very informal sessions," Sherry said. "They are not so much classes as evening strolls through URI's gardens, lead by an expert in the field. Participants may attend as many sessions as they wish. It is not necessary to take the entire series."

The sessions will be taught by URI Master Gardeners, Outreach Center staff and other experts. Most sessions will be held in the URI Botanical Gardens, located at 3 East Alumni Ave., on the Kingston Campus. The program on vegetables will be held at URI's East Farm Research Facility on Route 108 in Kingston. The fee is $15 for each session. No university academic credits are earned through this series.

For more information or to register for these events, call 1- 800-448-1011 or email gardener@etal.uri.edu. To download a registration form, visit www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc and click on the Summer Gardening School link.

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