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URI Master Gardeners open gardens to visitors for Rhode Island’s only statewide garden tour, July 18-19

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KINGSTON, R.I. - June 29, 2009 -- Thirty-nine private and public gardens designed and maintained by gardeners trained through the University of Rhode Island’s Master Gardener program will be open to the public for the fourth biennial “Gardening With The Masters,” Rhode Island’s only statewide garden tour, scheduled for July 18-19, 2009.

“Gardening With The Masters” is sponsored by the URI Master Gardener Association, a 600-member, all-volunteer service organization of certified URI Master Gardeners, whose mission focuses on education, outreach and sustainability. Master Gardeners will serve as guides at each site and educational materials will be available online or onsite. The gardens will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days, rain or shine.

“The garden tour has grown to attract more gardeners and visitors for each of the past three tours,” said Earle Perkins, who, with his wife Ann, both Master Gardeners, founded the event in 2002. “It’s a unique opportunity for Rhode Islanders to learn about gardening from the experts. We have more gardens this year than we’ve ever had before.”

Guidebooks, which serve as admission for both days and include garden descriptions and directions, must be purchased in advance. They are available for $15 at garden centers throughout the state or through the URI Master Gardener website Proceeds from the event will benefit programs of the URI Master Gardener Association.

For ticket information, call the URI CELS Kathleen M Mallon Outreach Center at 401-874-2900; Or toll free in RI, M–Th 9–2, 800-448-1011. Tickets are also available at the following locations:

Lincoln Gardens
1688 Louisquisset Pike
Lincoln, Rhode Island

295 Kelley Boulevard
North Attleboro, MA

Jacavone Garden Center
1461 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, Rhode Island

Clarke Flowers
398 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island
401-421-6700 or 1-800-777-5545

Schartner Farms
South County Trail (Route 2)
Exeter, Rhode Island

The Farmer’s Daughter
716 Mooresfield Road (Route 138)
Wakefield, Rhode Island

Highland Farm
4235 Tower Hill Road
Wakefield, Rhode Island

Chaves’ Gardens, Inc.
935 East Main Road
Middletown, Rhode Island

Hattoy’s Nursery & Garden Center
315 Blackrock Road
Coventry, Rhode Island

Yard Works, Inc.
1309 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, Rhode Island

Redwood Nursery
2664 GAR Highway (Route 6)
Swansea, MA

URI Kathleen M. Mallon Center
3 East Alumni Avenue
Kingston, Rhode Island

Wildwood Nurseries
859 Frenchtown Road
East Greenwich, Rhode Island