Scenic Route

Moon Gate

Ang Cai, Ph.D. ’17, shot this photo of the moon gate at Kinney Azalea Gardens in South Kingstown, located just a half-mile southeast of URI’s Kingston Campus.

Cai is a research assistant professor in URI’s College of Pharmacy and is director of the Centralized Research Core Facility for RI-INBRE. He pursues photography when he’s not working for the pure fun of it. “My work creates positive experiences for me,” he says. “Every time I see the perfect shot in front of me, I cannot wait to share it with my friends.”

The proprietors of Kinney Azalea Gardens are URI alumni Tony Faella ’51 and Betty (Kinney) Faella, M.S. ’67. The Azalea Gardens are a popular destination in the spring, when the azaleas are in bloom. Cai was inspired by the serenity of this moment on a May evening just before sunset, calling the light “tender and inviting.”

Follow Cai on Instagram @Leon_tsai_

“Full Moon at Point Judith During Blue Hour” by Ang Cai, Ph.D. ’17.

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One comment

  1. Dear URI Magazine,
    The Kinney Azalea Gardens are now owned and run by Helen Faella Northup ’84 and her husband Jim Northup ’83. Tony and Betty, Helen’s parents are still active in the gardens. Helen and Jim have graciously started a non profit called Friends of the Kinney Faella Gardens. You may view their website at They are working to keep the gardens open to the public for years to come. Tax free donations are greatly appreciated! It would be nice if you could amend your description of the beautiful moon gate photo with this information so donors may know the needs of the gardens and how to donate to keep it open. The Kinney Faella family has been funding it for many years through their generosity and plant sales. It is time for the community to understand the progression of the gardens and help fund this local treasure!

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