2018-07-26 / From The Garden

King Park Waterfront Aflutter with Activities


‘Our Guy’ the King Park Rain Garden Monarch caterpillar. ‘Our Guy’ the King Park Rain Garden Monarch caterpillar. Over the last two months, Friends of the Waterfront and URI Master Gardeners have been offering free educational gardening chats and concerts in an innovative series along the waterfront. At King Park on Wednesday, Aug. 1, BridgeFest will celebrate some of the best aspects of summer in Newport by combining music and gardening during the days between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals.

The gardening aspect at 2:30 will feature Leader of the Master Gardener Program Vanessa Venturini from the URI Cooperative Extension State Program. Her talk “Reduce Pesticide Use” will discuss the right plant in the right place, and how to identify problems before taking action. The talk will be in the King Park Pavilion which is right next to the URI Master Gardener Harbor Walk Project’s rain garden.

The concert from 4 to 6 p.m. in the King Park gazebo showcases Newport’s own musical talent, longtime (now retired) music teacher and his jazz friends The Alan Bernstein Jazz ensemble. The free waterfront concerts have been made possible by the support of the Ala and Ralph Isham Family Fund. For more information, contact info@newportwaterfront.org.

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