URI Spring Festival

URI Cooperative Extension will hold the URI Spring Festival (formerly known as the East Farm Spring Festival) in the URI Botanical Gardens and the Fine Arts Commuter Parking Lot this year. The mission of the festival is two fold: 1)to provide a forum for education, information sharing and networking amongst URI, partner organizations and the general public; and 2) to highlight URI research, outreach and Extension efforts through demonstrations, workshops, exhibits and tours.The festival traditionally draws an estimated 3,000 visitors annually, with an estimated 4,000 attendees in 2016. Please join us at our new location on the main URI campus on May 6th!

Annual Plant Sale

Vegetables, Perennials, Annuals
Grown by URI Master Gardener volunteers


Gardening with the Master’s Tour
June 24th and 25th, 2017

Information Kiosks

Get answers to your toughest questions from URI Master Gardener volunteers!
With special emphasis on pollinators, native plants, best plant care practices, invasive plant management and more!

Free Soil pH Testing

Bring a soil sample or two for free pH and textural testing by URI Master Gardener volunteers!
Click here for instructions on how to take soil sample


Square Foot Gardening
Container Gardening in Small Spaces
and more!

Garden Tours

Youngken Medicinal Garden
w/ Peter Morgan, Garden Manager

URI Botanical Gardens
w/ Rosanne Sherry, URI CoopExt Educator

URI Christopher Arboretum
w/ Dr. Brian Maynard, URI Dept. of Plant Sciences

URI Horridge Conservatory
w/Amy Cabaniss, URI CoopExt Youth STEM Coordinator

Live Music

9:00-URI Jazz Combo 11:30-Los Duderinos


Boru Barbecue | Presto Strange O Coffee
Haven Brothers 

Kids Zone

Supermarket Sleuth | Make a Seed Pot | Water Pollution Awareness

Interactive Horridge Conservatory Tours
w/ URI Learning Landscape Program educators

Nature Scavenger Hunt and Prizes

URI Energy Fellow Activities

Comparing Lightbulb Efficiency | Energy Audits | Home Model Match Up

Solar Car Race | Make a Wind Turbine
w/ URI Energy Fellows

E-Waste Recycling

Bring your electronic waste for free environmentally-friendly disposal by Indie Cycle, LLC!
Click here for more info about what to bring

Plants, Plants, Plants

RI Wild Plant Society Native Plant Sale
URI Pharmacy Dept Medicinal Plant Sale

Festival Admission and Parking are FREE!

Need directions to the Kingston Campus?
Click here for a Google map!
Click the picture below for the event map.


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Contact Kate Venturini  at 401-874-4096 or kate@uri.edu