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URI's Summer Gardening School has grown a series of hands-on classes

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 16, 2004 -- This summer, the University of Rhode Island's Cooperative Extension Education Center is inviting gardeners to a series of timely talks at its Learning Landscape Gardens on the Kingston Campus.

The Summer Gardening School programs feature experts from the University speaking informally about a variety of topics, using the backdrop of the Learning Landscape gardens to illustrate their points.

The four hands-on classes, which run Mondays June 21, July 12, July 26, and August 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will take place at the Cooperative Extension Education Center, 3 East Alumni Avenue. Admission is $15 per person. To register or for more information, call the Cooperative Extension Education Center at 874-2900.

The classes are:

Monday, June 21
Pinpointing Pruning and Propagation: Rhododendrons and Azaleas, led by Sue Gordon of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. Gordon is a specialist in woody plants, and is also manager of the Kinney Azalea Gardens in Kingston. Her demonstration will include tips on pruning and caring for your Rhododendrons to ensure healthy plants and better blooms in future years. She will also discuss ways to propagate your favorite Rhododendrons to create massive plantings in your own landscape.

Monday, July 12
Sustainable Shrubs & Bothersome Bugs, led by College of the Environment and Life Sciences Professor of Horticulture Brian Maynard and Professor of Entomology Richard Casagrande. These professors will show trees and shrubs that are well-suited to home landscapes in Southern New England, and discuss such things as the beneficial insects that are brought on by sustainable plant selections.

Monday, July 26
Lavishing the Lawn: What you should know about your turf, led by College of the Environment and Life Sciences Professor of Turf Management Nathaniel Mitkowski. Mitkowski will discuss such things as timing for a new lawn or repairing an old one, seed selection, and watering systems.

Monday, August 16
Butterflies: The basics of butterfly gardening plants. Take a walking tour of the Learning Landscape Gardens to learn about the plants to grow to bring on the butterflies.