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March Annual Meeting & Guest Speaker

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Plants are Better than Mulch!

Senna hebecarpa (northern wild senna), photo DJaffe

We have a strange relationship with mulch in America. Landscaping often means a sea of red mulch dotted with a few over-pruned arborvitae shrubs.

But how many gardeners got into the hobby for a love of mulch? There are good reasons to use mulch, it helps to control weeds, prevents soil erosion and maintains soil nutrients. Yet for every advantage that mulch offers well-chosen plants work even better. From groundcovers to larger mat-forming species there is a plant for every area in the garden. Join Dan Jaffe, author of Native Plants for New England Gardens to learn about the myriad of plants that can take the place of mulch on your landscape.

Dan Jaffe is the Propagator and Stock Bed Grower at New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods. His past experience includes a degree in botany from the University of Maine, an advanced certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design from New England Wild Flower Society, and nursery management experience.  Dan Jaffe’s photography has been used in numerous publications and his book Native Plants for New England Gardens is scheduled to be released in March.

New England Wildflower Society is selling the book online. Copies will be available at the lecture. Purchase with cash, check or credit card.



Schedule of Events 

1:00 to 1:30 — Business Meeting

1:30 to 2:00 — Refreshments & Fellowship
If your last name begins with the letters A-M please bring refreshments to share.

2:00 to 3:30 — Guest Speaker, Dan Jaffe

While the address of the Pharmacy building (Avedisian Hall) is 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI, there is no parking at the building itself.

The closest parking lot to the Pharmacy building (Avedisian Hall) is at the Coastal Institute, 1 Greenhouse Road, Kingston. Enter this parking lot from Flagg Road. Additional parking is found in the Fine Arts Parking lot, also accessed from Flagg Road.  Please note, many of the buildings at URI do not have signs.  See campus map and map of the building.



March 25
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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URI Pharmacy Building, Room 170
7 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881
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