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URI to host workshop April 9 on -- Making Your Garden Work for You

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 21, 2005 -- Gardeners interested in getting their gardens off to the right start this spring should plan to attend a day-long gardening seminar April 9 entitled “Making Your Garden Work for You.” Sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners Association and the Cooperative Extension Education Center, the workshop will focus on tackling common garden problems, planning a new garden, and modifying garden chores as you get older.

The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lower level of the Chafee Social Science Center on URI’s Kingston Campus. The seminar fee is $45 for Master Gardeners and $50 for the general public.

“Early April is the perfect time to gather new ideas on how to start a new garden or improve an existing one,” said Rosanne Sherry, URI Master Gardener coordinator and organizer of the workshop. “Time is precious to everyone, and using your time wisely in the garden makes a big difference in the amount of enjoyment you get from it. Every session in our workshop will give you many ideas and time savers you can take home and use right away.”

Sherry is the event’s first speaker, as she discusses “Dodging the Disasters,” an illustrated walk through common landscaping problems.

Other talks include:

- “Be Site Savvy: Landscape Design 101,” how to conduct a site analysis to help create a comprehensive garden design, by garden designer Greta Cohen.

- “Exciting, New and Unusual Perennials,” by horticulturalist Karen Olson of Sunny Border Nurseries. This workshop will focus on freshening up your garden by adding something new.

- “Right Plant/ Right Place,” by URI Master Gardener Terri Melvin. She will explain exactly what plant tags mean when they say “needs full sun” or “avoid wet conditions.”

- “The Empowered Gardener,” by Kris Koch, a promoter of horticulture in higher education, who will discuss how to use time management so you don’t feel overwhelmed by gardening tasks.

- “Tried and True and Easy to Enjoy, too!” by Irene Beauregard, URI Master Gardner, on redesigning your gardens to enjoy them more while you get older.

Registration for the event can be sent to the URI Cooperative Extension Education Center, 3 East Alumni Avenue, Kingston, RI 02881. Make checks payable to URI Foundation. For more information, call 401-874-2900.

For more information on this and other gardening questions, go to the URI Master Gardener website at www.urimga.org.