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:

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