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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Todd McLeish 401-874-7892

URI to host open house at
Demonstration Vegetable Garden on Aug. 9

KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 23, 2003 – Gardeners interested in learning new ways to improve their vegetable gardens are invited to an open house at the University of Rhode Island’s Demonstration Vegetable Garden on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The third annual open house will showcase vegetable gardening demonstrations and activities on the theme of "Back to Basics."

Organized by URI Master Gardeners, the open house is designed to show off the demonstration garden during the peak of the growing season to provide gardeners with tips for growing better, healthier produce.

"New this year will be a demonstration on drip irrigation techniques for home gardens," explained Rudi Hempe, a URI Master Gardener and coordinator of the event. "Drip irrigation is timely in that last year’s drought resulted in watering bans, causing many gardens to fail. Drip irrigation systems can save considerable amounts of water."

Also planned are a variety of cooking demonstrations, including one by Chef Normand Leclair, cookbook author and founder of the Red Rooster Tavern. A wide range of other activities will also be offered, including an edible flower display and workshops on composting, container gardening, irrigation, and non-toxic pest control.

The Demonstration Vegetable Garden is located adjacent to the URI Cooperative Extension Education Center on East Alumni Avenue on the Kingston Campus. For more information about the open house, call 401-874-2900.

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