URI Master Gardeners to offer gardening workshops throughout Rhode Island

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KINGSTON, R.I. – September 5, 2017 – September is the perfect time for gardeners to test their soil, focus on their vegetable harvest, and begin to prepare for next year’s gardens. So the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program is offering free gardening programs at 10 different sites around the state throughout the month.

“This is a great way for people to learn about environmental gardening right in their own communities,” said Vanessa Venturini, state leader of the Master Gardener program. “We hope that participants will be inspired to try something new in their yards either next year or even this fall.”

The following workshops and garden tours will be offered:

Sept. 9, 10 a.m. – Tour the Big Trees of Wilcox Park, Westerly

Sept. 9, 11 a.m. – Composting, Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Sept. 9, 11 a.m. – Harvesting and Cooking Vegetables from Your Garden, Good Shephard Community Garden, Pawtucket

Sept. 9, 10 a.m. – Tour the Gardens at Glocester Heritage Society, Chepachet

Sept. 10, 2:30 p.m. – Dividing Plants, East Providence Historical Society, East Providence

Sept. 17, 3 p.m. – Colonial Gardens: Dye, Medicinal and Household Plants, Varnum House Museum, East Greenwich

Sept. 19, 5 p.m. – Harvesting Vegetables, Seekonk Public Library, Seekonk

Sept. 20, 2 p.m. – Creating Pollinator Habitats, Beechwood Center, North Kingstown

Sept. 23, 10 a.m. – Late Season Pollinator Plants, Cumberland Monastery, Cumberland

Sept. 23, 10 a.m. – Tour the Native Gardens at Wilcox Park, Westerly

Oct. 1, 11 a.m. – Feeding Your Family from a Colonial Garden, Prescott Farm, Middletown

“Some of the workshops are held outdoors in the garden where participants can see the concepts demonstrated in real life,” noted Venturini. “Others are more in-depth presentations where folks can learn research-based practices in a classroom setting.”

Those who cannot attend the workshops but who have gardening questions can get answers from the URI Gardening Hotline at 401-874-4836 or by email at gardener@uri.edu.

For more information about the gardening workshops, call 401-874-2900, email coopext@uri.edu or visit web.uri.edu/coopext