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URI to host Fall Gardening School

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

Eight-week class will teach gardening basics Sept. 29-Nov. 17

KINGSTON, R.I. -- August 18, 2004 -- Amateur gardeners interested in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of their hobby are invited to participate in the first Fall Gardening School sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension. This eight-week class in "Gardening Basics for the Home Landscape" will be held Wednesday evenings from Sept. 29 through Nov. 17.

"The course is designed to address many of the challenges facing both new and experienced gardeners, ranging from selecting hardy, disease-resistant plants to dealing with weeds, diseases and insect pests," explained Marion Gold, director of the URI Cooperative Extension Education Center.

Participants in the course will learn about basic botany for gardeners, soils and fertilizers, common pests and environmentally sound ways to deal with them, lawn care basics, plant selection guidelines, proper methods for pruning trees and shrubs, designing and maintaining perennial gardens, and more.

"There are no prerequisites for the class other than a desire to become a better gardener," Gold said. "There will be no quizzes -- just good, clean, gardening fun."

The course will be taught by a variety of URI Master Gardeners and Cooperative Extension staff. It will be held in the Coastal Institute auditorium on the URI Kingston Campus from 7 to 9 p.m. The course fee is $150, which includes all reference materials. No university academic credits are earned through this course.

For more information or to register for the class, call the cooperative Extension Education Center at 401-874-2900 before Sept. 15.