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URI web chat to answer gardening questions April 15

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – April 7, 2008 – The coordinator of the University of Rhode Island’s Master Gardener program, Rosanne Sherry, will share her expertise and answer gardening questions during an online chat Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m.

Sherry’s 2005 and 2006 chats were among the most popular chats that URI has ever offered. She answered numerous questions about a wide range of gardening topics, from what to do about lily leaf beetles to how to grow grass in the shade. Back by popular demand, she will likely cover an equally diverse list of topics at this year’s chat.

A 1977 graduate of URI, Sherry has directed the Master Gardener program since 1988. She is a popular public speaker and a passionate birder whose home garden is a sustainable landscape using native plants selected to attract wildlife.

A service of the URI Division of University Advancement’s electronic communications program, online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

To enter the chat, go to http://advance.uri.edu/chats for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website once the chat has been completed. Questions about web chats should be directed to the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

URI’s online chats, which began in September 2004, have featured question and answer sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times senior correspondent discussing the Iraq war, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman talking about the making of Born into Brothels, as well as with URI administrators, faculty and coaches.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the GoRhody.com web site.