R.I. Nursery and Landscape Association
honors URI staff, students
KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 8, 2001 -- Two staff members and six students
from the University of Rhode Island were honored at the 82nd annual meeting
of the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association in Newport last month.
Cheryl Tefft of North Kingstown, URI senior gardener, was made
an honorary member of the association in recognition of her efforts to install
and maintain the Learning Landscape Garden that surrounds the URI Cooperative
Extension Education Center. Donated by the association in 1994, the Learning
Landscape Garden is a model residential landscape designed to give homeowners
ideas for landscaping their own properties while protecting environmental
William Johnson of East Greenwich, URI plant science research
associate, was made an honorary member for his dedication to assisting its
executive board in the group's activities for many years.
Patrick Merner received the $1500 Case Hoogendoorn Memorial Scholarship
awarded to a child or grandchild of a current member. Merner is the son
of Michael Merner of Earth Care Farm in Charlestown. He was last
year's winner of the group's Mario Pagliarini Memorial Scholarship.
Mark Richardson of Malvern, Penn., received the Mario Pagliarini
Memorial Scholarship of $500 for earning the highest score on a plant identification
exam. Lindsay Sisson of Exeter placed second and received a $200
Julie West of Narragansett was awarded the Martin Van Hoff Memorial
Scholarship of $500 as the student with the highest grade point average
studying urban horticulture, turfgrass management or environmental plant
Lee Anne Freitas of Bristol and Janet Weilburg of West Kingston
were each awarded the Medford Scholarship of $200 as the students who made
the most significant contributions to the Learning Landscape Garden.
For Information: Todd McLeish 874-7892