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URI Cooperative Extension to host seminar on ‘The Different Worlds of Gardening’ March 25

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 7, 2006 -- Gardeners interested in getting their gardens off to the right start this spring should plan to attend a day-long gardening seminar on March 25 entitled “The Different Worlds of Gardening.” Sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and the URI Master Gardener Association, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Chafee Hall on URI’s Kingston Campus.

The seminar will feature a dozen speakers – all Master Gardeners -- addressing such popular topics as rain gardens, composting, container gardening, perennials, potted vegetables, organic gardening, landscape design, and water gardens.

“Early spring 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 you can take home and use right away.”

The complete list of speakers and topics is as follows:

- Rain Gardens for Water Quality and Conservation, Beverly O’Keefe;
- Composting, Nan Quinlan;
- Interpreting Your Soil Test Results, Robert Rafka;
- Specialty Gardens with Perennials, Pat Davis and Mary Mason;
- Perennials in Containers: A Gardening Investment, Ann Perkins;
- The Impossible Dream: Continual Bloom in the Perennial Garden, Rosanne Sherry
- Potted Veggies, Margaret Carlotto;
- Don’t Spray or Sprinkle – Drip!, Dick Perreault;
- Organic Veggies, Susan Estabrook;
- Basic Landscape Design Simplified, Rosanne Sherry;
- Hardscapes in the Landscape, Earle Perkins; and
- Design and Care of Water Features, Suzanne Frechette.

The workshop fee is $45 for URI Master Gardeners and $50 for the general public. Registration is required by visiting www.urimga.org, or calling 401-874-2900 or 1-800-448-1011. Snow date is April 1.