Get lawn and garden answers at Green Market Festival

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Homeowners with questions about the yard, garden, trees or patio are likely to find answers from more than 100 exhibitors and demonstrators – members of the Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association (RINLA) – at the second annual Green Market Festival Sunday, Aug. 11.

festival tractor“It’s going to celebrate Rhode Island’s green economy and the environment,” said RINLA executive director Shannon Brawley, “and it’s going to look like a farmers market on steroids.”

The event will cover two sides of the road at the Farmer’s Daughter and Landscape Creations at 715 and 716 Mooresfield Road (Route 138), 1.3 miles west of Route 1, in South Kingstown RI.

Rhode Island’s “green industry” generates nearly $1.8 billion a year for Rhode Island’s economy, according to a study of 1,100 businesses in agriculture, landscape, retail, and golf. The study’s results, issued in April, said 2,500 “green” companies support 12,370 jobs.

festival demonstration gardenMany of those professionals will be available at the event to answer homeowners’ questions, said landscape designer Catherine Weaver, a member of RINLA’s board.

The festival is scheduled to open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brawley said the festival will include “everything from display gardens and native plants to freshly cut flowers, fruits and vegetables, even the freshest of local fish, and much more.”

Horticulturists, arborists, turf specialists and other experts will offer advice, and other members of the trade association are planning special activities including:

What it feels like to be an arborist being hoisted up a tree or in a bucket truck.

How to install a backyard native plant habitat and how to clean and plant native seeds.

Play golf on a putting green like one you would find on a certified “green”

Throughout the day, there will be music, and food will be available, Brawley said.

Admittance costs $10 for an adult, $5 for a child 12 to 18 or $25 for a family. Kids younger than 12 will be admitted for free.

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