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URI Master Gardeners open their gardens to visitors for Rhode Islandís only statewide garden tour, July 13-14

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. - June 17, 2013 Ė Dozens of private and public gardens, designed and maintained by Master Gardeners trained through the University of Rhode Islandís Master Gardener program, will be open to the public for the sixth Gardening with the Masters, Rhode Islandís only statewide garden tour, on July 13 and 14. The gardens will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days, rain or shine.

Guidebooks, which serve as admission and include garden descriptions and directions, cost $20 and must be purchased in advance. They are available at numerous garden centers around Rhode Island or from the URI Outreach Center on the Kingston campus. The guidebooks can also be obtained by calling 401-874-2900.

This year the garden tour will emphasize the educational aspect of every participating garden by having each Master Gardener highlight the unique, instructive features and styles of their garden. The garden guidebook will index these aspects for easy reference for tour participants.

Another addition for this year will be the highlighting of Rhody Native plants in the gardens and how they function as tough and colorful alternatives to some common but invasive plants often used in our landscaping.

A colorful preview of the featured gardens is available at https://www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandMasterGardenerAssociationTour2013 and at the URI Master Gardener website: www.urimastergardeners.org

Gardening with the Masters is sponsored by the URI Master Gardener Association, a 700-member, all-volunteer service organization of certified URI Master Gardeners, whose mission focuses on education, outreach and sustainability.

Proceeds from the event will benefit programs of the URI Master Gardener Association. Below are the garden centers that have the guidebook on sale:


WASHINGTON COUNTY

The Farmerís Daughter
716 Mooresfield Road
Wakefield, RI
401-792-1340

Highland Farm
4235 Tower Hill Rd
Wakefield, RI
401-792-8188

Schartner Farms
South County Trail
Exeter, RI
401-294-5900

Broadview Garden Center& Florist
5 Langworthy Road
Westerly, RI 02891
401-322-0390

JAMESTOWN

The Secret Garden
12 Southwest Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835
401-423-0050

KENT COUNTY

Hattoyís Nursery & Garden Center
315 Blackrock Road
Coventry, RI
401-821-5549

Wildwood Nurseries, Inc.
659 Frenchtown Road
East Greenwich, RI
401-885-4112

PROVIDENCE COUNTY/NEARBY MA

Roots & Shoots Garden Center
2677 Broncos Highway
Burrillville, RI

Briggs Garden & Home
295 Kelley Boulevard
North Attleboro, MA
508-699-7421

Jacavone Garden Center
1461 Atwood Ave
Johnston, RI
351-9554

Pezza Farm
2279 Plainfield Pike
Johnston, RI
401-943-2707

BRISTOL COUNTY

Cranesbill Nursery
30 New Meadow Road
Swansea, MA
508-379-0125

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
101 Ferry Road
Bristol, RI
253-2707

NEWPORT COUNTY

Chavesí Gardens, Inc.
935 East Main Road
Middletown, RI
401-846-0623

Moore Blooms
577 Green End Ave.
Middletown, RI
401-848-2096

Decastro Farms
1780 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI
401-683-4688

Island Garden Shop
54 Bristol Ferry Road
Portsmouth, RI
401-683-2231