URI Master Gardeners open gardens to visitors for Rhode Island’s only statewide garden tour, July 18-19

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KINGSTON, R.I. – June 29, 2009 — Thirty-nine private and public gardens designed and maintained by gardeners trained through the University of Rhode Island’s Master Gardener program will be open to the public for the fourth biennial “Gardening With The Masters,” Rhode Island’s only statewide garden tour, scheduled for July 18-19, 2009.


“Gardening With The Masters” is sponsored by the URI Master Gardener Association, a 600-member, all-volunteer service organization of certified URI Master Gardeners, whose mission focuses on education, outreach and sustainability. Master Gardeners will serve as guides at each site and educational materials will be available online www.urimga.org or onsite. The gardens will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days, rain or shine.


“The garden tour has grown to attract more gardeners and visitors for each of the past three tours,” said Earle Perkins, who, with his wife Ann, both Master Gardeners, founded the event in 2002. “It’s a unique opportunity for Rhode Islanders to learn about gardening from the experts. We have more gardens this year than we’ve ever had before.”


Guidebooks, which serve as admission for both days and include garden descriptions and directions, must be purchased in advance. They are available for $15 at garden centers throughout the state or through the URI Master Gardener website www.urimga.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs of the URI Master Gardener Association.


For ticket information, call the URI CELS Kathleen M Mallon Outreach Center at 401-874-2900; Or toll free in RI, M–Th 9–2, 800-448-1011. Tickets are also available at the following locations:


Lincoln Gardens

1688 Louisquisset Pike

Lincoln, Rhode Island

401-722-2722


Briggs

295 Kelley Boulevard

North Attleboro, MA

508-699-7421


Jacavone Garden Center

1461 Atwood Avenue

Johnston, Rhode Island

401-351-9554


Clarke Flowers

398 Hope Street

Providence, Rhode Island

401-421-6700 or 1-800-777-5545


Schartner Farms

South County Trail (Route 2)

Exeter, Rhode Island

401-294-2044


The Farmer’s Daughter

716 Mooresfield Road (Route 138)

Wakefield, Rhode Island

401-792-1340


Highland Farm

4235 Tower Hill Road

Wakefield, Rhode Island

401-792-8188


Chaves’ Gardens, Inc.

935 East Main Road

Middletown, Rhode Island

401-846-0623


Hattoy’s Nursery & Garden Center

315 Blackrock Road

Coventry, Rhode Island

401-821-5549


Yard Works, Inc.

1309 Warwick Avenue

Warwick, Rhode Island

401-463-9133


Redwood Nursery

2664 GAR Highway (Route 6)

Swansea, MA

508-379-0081


URI Kathleen M. Mallon Center

3 East Alumni Avenue

Kingston, Rhode Island

401-874-2900


Wildwood Nurseries

859 Frenchtown Road

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

401-885-4112