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Starting a New Native Garden

Dave Vissoe, a former University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program Rookie of the Year, has dedicated much of his life to the love of gardening and volunteering. Dave’s 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 one of the joys of his life.

Dave is the Project Leader for the Kettle Pond Visitor Center RI Native Garden, where the program’s mantra is: “Joy in the Journey - Educate - Demonstrate - Propagate - Research - Maintenance“

This presentation will chronicle key points in the development of the Kettle Pond RI Native Plant Garden from its inception to development of new plots. You’ll watch, photographically, as the garden matures, before your eyes, to a beautiful seasonal tapestry of blended colors and textures focusing on several interesting plots.

We will also discuss seed collecting, winter sowing and how it has become an important part of increasing the number of native plants in our 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 to the topic of Pollinators.

This workshop is free thanks to the URI Master Gardener Program. Registration is required for this event. Please contact Rayna Wilcox, Volunteer/ Program Coordinator at The Beechwood Center for Life Enrichment, at 401-268-1594 or email

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Beechwood Senior Center 44 Beach St, North Kingstown, Rhode Island 02852

Event Type

Information Session/Tour


College of the Environment and Life Sciences



Free, registration required.

Cooperative Extension


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Rayna Wilcox

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