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Beechwood Lecture: Invasives & Sustainable Controls

January 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Just a note regarding the potential snow tonight and tomorrow.

The Beechwood Center staff will determine if the Center should be closed on Wednesday due to icy/snowy conditions.  If so, the presentation will be cancelled and hopefully rescheduled.

Check your local TV stations for closings/cancellations.


An Update: Invasive Plants, Critters and Sustainable Controls

Richard Casagrande, Emeritus Professor of Entomology at the University of Rhode Island, has worked in the field of integrated pest management since 1971.  This talk will be his 4th presentation to our Beechwood Lecture Series, reporting on the most current progress of ongoing research addressing the control of invasives. 

Dr. Casagrande’s research concentrates on classical biological control involving a full spectrum of activities, from initial foreign exploration through final evaluation of newly released agents.  URI maintains a USDA-approved primary insect quarantine laboratory on campus, which greatly facilitates this type of work.

Dr. Casagrande has worked with colleagues throughout the world on biological control of invasive insects and plants that are important in Southern New England; including the lily leaf beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, birch leafminer, Cypress spurge, purple loosestrife, black swallow-wort and common reed.  During this session he will give overviews of these projects as well as relevant efforts of colleagues throughout the region.  He will also answer any questions you have about insects in general.

 Dr. Casagrande is one of the very finest lecturers in the State on biological control of invasive plants and insects. In his 41-year tenure at URI he taught graduate level courses in biological control and integrated pest management (IPM) and an undergraduate course on insects and society as well as innumerable lectures to Master Gardeners and landscape practitioners throughout the region.


The Beechwood Lecture Series is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardeners Association and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending.

If interested in attending, please contact Rayna Wilcox, Volunteer/Program Coordinator, at The Beechwood Center for Life Enrichment at 401-268-1594; or email her at: RWilcox@northkingstown.org., Ext. 402.

2018 Lecture Series

Talks are held every other month. We hope to see you in the New Year!

3/21/18  Composting – Nan Quinlan, URI Master Gardener

5/16/18   Herbalism & Uses of Local Medicinal Plants – Mary Blue, Farmacy Herbs

7/18/18.   Edible Weeds – Brett Mayette, Owner, Conscious Cuisine

9/19/18   Rain Gardens – Kate Venturini, University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

11/14/18    Drip Irrigation – Rudi Hempe, URI Master Gardener


January 17
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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