Six Aquidneck Island home gardens will be featured in URI’s Gardening With the Masters 2019 Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30. The biennial event is the only time when graduates of the URI Master Gardener Program put their own properties on display to support the program’s educational mission.

While the tour is statewide from Charlestown to Chepachet, and styles range from woodlands and meadows to ornamental showcases, on Aquidneck Island, five of the six gardens have never been on the tour before.

On Sea Meadow Drive in Portsmouth there is a garden described as a “Pollinators’ Paradise” designed to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Three of the gardens are in the Point section of Newport and focus on varieties of plants that thrive in intimate backyards. A garden on Ellery Street in Newport offers guests a glimpse of “Biodynamic Urban Gardening” with its mix of vegetables, berries, fruit trees and chickens. On Rhode Island Ave there is a shade garden and mature trees.

The tour is from 10 to 4, rain or shine. One ticket gives entry to 26 gardens around the state and is valid both days. Tickets are $25 each but discounted for multiple-ticket buys to $22. Children under the age of 18 are admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased online and picked up at certain designated gardens. Locally tickets may be purchased on the days of the tour at 189 Rhode Island Avenue in Newport. For more information, contact 401-874-2900.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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