Events

Beechwood Lecture – Tree Health and Preservation

Practical Tree Care Amidst Today’s Challenges

Ames Kaiser, career arborist, will discuss practical tree care in the context of extreme drought and rain, high winds, current invasive pests, existing monocultures, and the decline of older wood specimen trees.  Ames will also briefly discuss the challenges of tick and mosquito control for homeowners.

 Ames Kaiser’s career as an arborist started fairly early in life, as he was put to work dragging brush in his early teens.  At the age of 15, he learned the skills of tree climbing and tree pruning from his father Herb, and tree work has been in his blood since then.  Ames now co-owns Kaiser Tree Preservation Company with his father, and continues to herald expert arboriculture and excellent customer service.  He holds a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of New Hampshire and is an ISA Certified and RI Licensed Arborist.

 

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.

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

Location: Beechwood Center, 44 Beach Street; North Kingstown, RI 02852

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Our upcoming Lectures 2019 and 2020

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            Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative & Sustainable Agriculture: Cassius & Dawn Spears

11/18/20         Detecting & Treating Plant Pathogens: Heather Faubert, University of Rhode Island

 

 

Beechwood Lecture: Drip Irrigation

Conserve Vital Resources & Minimize Environmental Impacts

URI Master Gardener Rudi Hempe will discuss the latest developments and findings in innovative watering and maintenance techniques in the URIMGP efforts to minimize environmental impacts and conserve vital resources in their ongoing research projects.

Rudi Hempe is the Operations Planning Coordinator for the Master Gardener (MG) Program and oversees the Poinsettia Program, Garden Tour, and Most MG operations at East Farm.As the Agricultural Experiment Station Facilities Manager for the Master Gardener Program at East Farm, Rudi was instrumental in the creation of sustainable maintenance/management procedures such as the integration and introduction of innovative drip irrigation systems at the Campus.  In more recent years he has concentrated on research projects such as the effort to develop a blight resistant American Chestnut Tree, an endeavor known as the Chestnut Orchard Research Project, which started locally in 2009 and includes two (2) Trial Orchards.  Rudi brought his innovative irrigation techniques to the  successful new Chestnut Orchards.

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.

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

Location: Beechwood Center, 44 Beach Street; North Kingstown, RI 02852

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We are also excited to announce the our upcoming 2019 Lectures!  We have a great group of speakers who will surely prove to be dynamic and educational.  

1/16/19            Who needs a Greenhouse? Do-it-Yourself Seed Propagation – Sandra Thompson, RI Wild Plant Society

3/20/19             Organic Farming Practices and Food Production – Speaker TBD

5/15/19             Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping – Cynthia Holt, Little Rhody Beekeeping

7/17/19             Are you “Tick Smart”? – Jan Cornell

9/18/19             Starting a New Native Garden – David Vissoe, URIMGP, Kettle Pond Project

11/20/19            What’s New in the Woods? Forestry Basics – Paul Dolan, RI Wild Plant Society