Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 874-5892
Garden makeovers is theme of URI
GreenShare Field Day on Sept. 20
Annual event features workshops, tours, activities
KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 9, 2003 -- Gardeners, environmentalists and nature lovers of all kinds can get expert advice on how to renovate and revive their home garden and landscape at the University of Rhode Islands 13th annual GreenShare Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 21.
One highlight of the event will be a raffle of a $2,250 complete garden makeover, including $1,000 of plants plus labor and a landscape design consultation. Proceeds will help to restore the URI greenhouses.
The event will be held in and around the Learning Landscape Gardens on the corner of Upper College Road and East Alumni Avenue on URIs Kingston Campus.
Sponsored by URIs Cooperative Extension Education Center, GreenShare Field Day will include gardening and environmental activities that are free and fun for the whole family.
Among the workshops scheduled are "Hot New Hydrangeas and Secrets to Growing Them," "Tough Roses for Tough Sites," and "Lasagne Gardening: An Easy Approach to Creating New Garden Beds." Other all day demonstrations address growing great perennials, composting, irrigation and container gardening among many others.
The feature of the day will be a two-hour step-by-step workshop on "Creating Your Dream Landscape" by Frank Crandall and associates from Wood River Evergreens. This workshop will include four speakers with different expertise to discuss landscape planning and design, plant selection, garden lighting, stonework and landscape maintenance.
Other activities at this family-oriented event include garden tours, cooking demonstrations, craft workshops, educational displays and childrens activities on dozens of gardening and environmental topics including the popular butterfly pavilion. The cooking demonstration will be presented by local chef and author Normand Leclair and URI Master Gardener Lorrie Vezzineau.
Free pH testing is also available to gardeners bringing a one-cup soil sample, and samples of weeds and pest insects, trees and shrubs will also be identified. In addition, a limited number of Soilsaver Compost Bins will be on sale for 50 percent off the retail price.
For additional information, call 874-2900. Business sponsors of the event are Clark Farms of South Kingstown, Holly Ridge Nursery of West Kingston, and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association.
For a complete schedule of the days events visit the website: www.uri.edu/ce/ceec/plantpro.html.
GreenShare Field Day 2003
Saturday, September 20th
10 a.m. 3 p.m.
URI Learning Landscape Gardens
Rain date: Sunday, September 21st
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. Noon - Creating Your Dream Landscape: Step-by-Step, Frank Crandall and associates, Wood River Evergreens. This workshop will include 4 speakers with different expertise including landscape planning and design, plant selection, garden lighting, hardscaping and installation, lawns and landscape maintenance.
10 a.m. Noon Lasagne Gardening Demonstration learn about an innovative and time-saving way for making new garden beds.
10 a.m. Noon - Free plant clinic. Bring in a specimen of your sick plant for free diagnosis and treatment advice
10:10 a.m. Raised bed
10:30 a.m. Irrigation for vegetable gardens
10:30 a.m. Environmentally friendly gardening
11:15 a.m. Designing your perennial garden for late season bloom and color
11:30 a.m. Container gardening
11:45 a.m. Pruning Tips for the Backyard Gardener
12 p.m. Growing Great Tomatoes
12-2 p.m. "The soul of the plant," a continuous botanical slide show
12:15 p.m. Secrets to Growing Great
12:30 p.m. Demonstration of Split Rail Fence
12:30 p.m. Favorite Sustainable Trees and Shrubs
1:30 p.m. Tough Roses for Tough Sites
1:30 p.m. Environmentally Friendly Gardening, Rosanne Sherry