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It’s time again for the URI Master Gardeners’ Poinsettia and Wreath Sale, Dec. 4

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 22, 2010 – For those interested in holiday decorating, Dec. 4 is a very big day. On that Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, the URI Master Gardeners will host their annual poinsettia and wreath sale. The event takes place at URI’s East Farm on Route 108 in Kingston.

The sale will feature 67 varieties of poinsettias priced from $10 to $12. The Master Gardeners have nursed the plants into a glorious display of wonderful reds, whites, pinks and variegated plants. Last year over 1,100 poinsettias sold out in the first few hours of the sale, and the Master Gardeners expect the public to respond just as enthusiastically this year.

The poinsettias are grown by the URI Master Gardeners as a research project, one of thirty such trial sites in the country. This project begins when the plugs arrive from four growers in July and are started in the URI Master Gardener greenhouses, with over 90 Master Gardeners participating in the project.

In addition to poinsettias, the Master Gardeners will also be selling a fine selection of decorated holiday wreaths for $35. These hand-made wreaths, gaily decorated, also sold out quickly last year.

The money raised from this effort will support the many educational and community projects of the Master Gardeners.


Contact Person: Jim Garman (401)-847-1191