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URI Master Gardeners open their gardens to visitors July16-17 for ‘Gardening with the Masters’ tour

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I -- June 28, 2005 -- Expert gardeners trained through the University of Rhode Island’s Master Gardener program will open their gardens to the public for the second “Gardening with the Masters” tour on July 16 and 17.

Sponsored by the URI Master Gardener Association, the 31 private gardens scattered around the state and five public gardens will be open rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Master Gardeners will serve as guides at each site, and educational materials related to each garden’s features will be available.

“This is a great opportunity to see many, many beautiful gardens designed and tended by expert gardeners, and to get some ideas and advice for your own garden,” said Earl Perkins, a URI Master Gardener from Wakefield who is organizing the event with his wife Ann. “Most Rhode Islanders will find at least a couple of gardens on the tour that are just a few miles from their home.”

Nine of the garden sites open for tours are in Providence County, while three are in Kent County, eight in Newport County, two in Bristol County, and 14 in Washington County. (Note to editors: To interview a participating Master Gardener in your circulation area, please call the number above.)

Guidebooks, which serve as admittance tickets and provide directions to each garden, must be purchased in advance for $18. The guidebooks are available through the URI Master Gardener website at www.urimga.org, or at Lincoln Gardens, Lincoln; Schartner Farms, Exeter; Little Tree Farm & Gardens, North Kingstown; Chaves Gardens, Middletown; and at the URI Cooperative Extension Education Center, Kingston.

Proceeds from the event will benefit gardening education programs of the URI Master Gardener Association. For more information, call the URI Cooperative Extension Education Center at 874-2900.

Photo cutline "Gardening with Containers" from the yard of Earl and Ann Perkins, Master Gardeners 2005 Garden tour coordinators of Wakefield. Photos by Roselyn Morris, URI Master Gardener Shutterbug