URI to hold GreenShare Field Day on Sept. 23
Annual event features fun gardening workshops, t
KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 6, 2000 -- Gardeners, environmentalists and
nature lovers of all kinds can get expert assistance and a head-start on
next year's gardening season at the University of Rhode Island's tenth annual
GreenShare Field Day on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will be held in and around the Learning Landscapes Gardens
on the corner of Upper College Road and East Alumni Avenue on URI's Kingston
Campus. Rain date is Sunday, September 24.
Sponsored by URI's Cooperative Extension Education Center, the GreenShare
Field Day will include gardening and environmental activities that are free
and fun for the whole family.
"Fall is one of the best times to plant," said GreenShare
coordinator Marion Gold. "The soil is warm, moisture is plentiful,
and plants have time to get their roots established before the ground freezes.
And it jumpstarts the spring growing season."
The day's activities will take advantage of this timing. Workshops
will address tips for growing roses, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and azaleas,
as well as how to create water gardens and theme gardens, among others.
Also featured will be demonstrations of autumnal wreathmaking and bonsai,
and a discussion of new methods of pest control.
One highlight of the day will be the presentation of a $20,000 garden
endowment to URI President Robert L. Carothers by the Rhode Island Nursery
and Landscape Association to help maintain the University's Learning Landscape
Gardens. These gardens, which surround the Cooperative Extension Education
Center, are model home landscapes designed to give homeowners ideas for
landscaping their own properties while protecting environmental quality.
In addition, URI professionals, Master Gardeners, and representatives
from more than two dozen local garden centers, nurseries and environmental
organizations will provide educational displays about everything from bird
feeding, composting and beekeeping to mosquito abatement, soil testing and
weed identification. (Residents should bring soil samples for free testing
and weeds and pest insects for identification.)
Children's activities include butterfly sand art, insect zoo, worm composting,
arts and crafts, and more.
Food and music will also be available. A complete schedule of events
is attached. For additional information about the GreenShare Field Day,
call 401-874-2900. The event is sponsored by Clark Farms and Distinctive
URI GreenShare Field Day
September 23, 2000
Schedule of Events
Educational booths, children's activities, food and entertainment all
11:00 Common Sense Pest Control
12:30 Butterflies, Birds and Bees: Theme Gardens for Your Landscape
1:30 Creating Biodiversity in Your Backyard
10:15 Water Gardens: A Natural Approach
10:15 Let's Recycle: Build a Birdfeeder (for kids)
10:30 Making Autumnal Wreaths
11:15 Growing Great Roses
12:15 Bonsai Basics
12:30 Folklore of Trees
1:00 Hydrangeas: Blue and Beyond
1:00 Let's Recycle: Build a Birdfeeder (for kids)
1:15 Flower Arranging: Exotic Arrangements from Your Own Backyard
1:45 Bringing out the Best in your Rhodys and Azaleas
TBA Cooking from the Garden
TBA Tree Pruning and Planting
10:30 Sustainable Trees and Shrubs
11:15 Landscaping with Perennials
1:30 Sustainable Landscaping
For Information: Marion Gold 874-5705, Todd McLeish 874-7892