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Learn about and how to grow a sustainable landscape at URI's second Summer Gardening class

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 28, 2004 -- Wondering which shrubs can take the terrain around your house and which bugs you want to invite for a visit? An evening program at the University of Rhode Island's Learning Landscape on the Kingston Campus will provide answers to these and related questions on sustainable gardening practices.

The second class in the Cooperative Extension Education Center's Summer Gardening School, Sustainable Shrubs & Bothersome Bugs, will be held on Monday, July 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This class will feature a walk through the URI gardens with College of the Environment and Life Sciences Professors Brian Maynard and Richard Casagrande they will discuss sustainable planting and gardening strategies.

The professors will show trees and shrubs that are well-suited to home landscapes in Southern New England and discuss the beneficial insects that are brought on by careful plant selections. Casagrande, an entomologist, will point out which insects residing in the garden are helpful, and which are potential pests.

The class will be held at the Cooperative Extension Education Center, 3 East Alumni Ave. Admission is $15 per person. To register or for more information, call the Cooperative Extension Education Center at 874-2900.