Gardening with the Masters Tour takes place across R.I. June 24-25

Gardening with the Masters Tour takes place across R.I. June 24-25

The Master Gardeners of the University of Rhode Island will host their 8th annual "Gardening with the Masters Tour" across 26 beautiful gardens in the state. Seventeen of the gardens are new to the tour, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Two of those gardens are in northern Rhode Island: Barbara Boday's garden at 333 Nate Whipple Highway in Cumberland, and Lynda Lisker's garden at 98 Mapleville Road in Smithfield.

Tickets are $20, and include a full map and guidebook. Register and pay online only at web.uri.edu/mastergardener/tour . Those registering before June 15 will have the guidebook mailed to them; after June 15 you will be able to pick up your book at one of three tour gardens on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.

In a press release welcoming the public, URI writes, "Each garden is unique. Some gardens are designed to attract pollinators and beneficial insects, while others are kitchen gardens with the perfect soil recipe to produce a bounty of vegetables. Every garden has evolved over the years, reflecting the changing interests and lifelong learning of its gardener. After visiting these gardens, we hope you’ll be inspired to go home and try something new. So ask questions, bring your camera, take notes, but most importantly enjoy the beauty created in these gardens!

The inspiring gardens on the tour are created and maintained by certified URI Master Gardener volunteers. The host gardener has successfully completed a 14-week training program offered by URI Cooperative Extension as well as a volunteer internship."