Beauty through the Season, Seed Collecting, Winter Sowing, and Plant Propagation
Dave Vissoe is the Project Leader for the Kettle Pond RI Native Garden. The program’s mantra is Joy in the Journey – Educate – Demonstrate – Propagate – Research – Maintenance. Dave will chronicle key points in the development of this garden from its inception to the development of new plots. His extensive photography of the project will allow you to see how the garden matures, turning into a beautiful seasonal tapestry of blended colors and textures.
Additionally, Dave will discuss seed collecting and winter sowing and how these processes have become an important part of increasing the number of native plants in the garden and in some of the US Fish and Wildlife Refuges in RI. Participants will leave with handouts that are unique to Kettle Pond as well as important information about pollinators.
Dave, a former Master Gardener Program Rookie of the Year, has dedicated much of his life to the love of gardening and volunteering. His love of gardening began with his grandfather who had a large greenhouse and garden. The warmth of the greenhouse, the smell of the soil, the beautiful plants, and the wonderful vegetables and flowers that were abundant on the property were his initiation to this joy of plants in his life. Dave also serves on the Board of the RI Wild Plant Society.
Dave was recently featured on Plant Pro. Watch this segment!
The Beechwood Lecture Series is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardeners Program and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending. The lectures are offered to the public free of charge.
Location: Beechwood Center, 44 Beach Street; North Kingstown, RI 02852
Our upcoming Lectures 2019 and 2020
11/20/19 Forestry for Rhode Island’s Birds: Paul Dolan, RI Wild Plant Society
1/15/20 Tree Health and Preservation: Ames Kaiser, Kaiser Tree Preservation Co.
3/18/20 Life in the Soil: Worm Composting: Monique Bosch, The Wiggle Room
5/20/20 Ecosystem Gardening with Native Plants: Karen Asher, RI Wild Plan Society
7/15/20 Capturing the Native Garden in Art: Frances Topping, Artist and Illustrator
9/16/20 Planning and Managing Pollinator Meadows: TBD
11/18/20 Detecting & Treating Plant Pathogens: Heather Faubert, University of Rhode Island