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Urban Gardening Workshop at Urban Roots

With this year’s National Garden Festival well underway, Urban Roots Community Garden Center will be hosting their very own event this weekend to put the spotlight on the art of urban gardening. 
“What’s Growing On In Urban Gardening” will be hosted at the Urban Roots Community Garden Center, located at 428 Rhode Island Street, from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The event will consist of several informal presentations on various topics related to gardening in the city. The atmosphere is meant to be laidback, with presenters stationed throughout the yard of the store so that visitors can wander through at their leisure and ask questions, rather than having formal discussions scheduled at specific times. 
“Urban Roots decided to focus our workshops on topics related to gardening in an urban area because although not exclusively, many of our member owners and customers live in the city,” said Kristen Armstrong, education committee co-chair at Urban Roots. 
The topics will cover everything from beekeeping to container gardening for those who are working with limited growing space. The list of presenters and their topics is as follows: 
Urban Flocks–Monique Watts
Beekeeping–Kitty Herrick
Compost/Soil/Permaculture–Dave Majewski
Everything About Roses–David Clark
Growing Mushrooms–Richard Price
Container/Vertical Gardening–Patti Jablonski-Dopkin
Getting Ready for Garden Walk–Elizabeth Lipsitz
There will also be a table set up for those who are participating in Garden Walk weekend at the end of July to stop by for some last-minute tips and suggestions on getting their green space primed for the big weekend. Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo will also have a table set up to share information on their efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and reuse/beautify vacant land in the city. 
For more information on this weekend’s workshop, visit the Urban Roots website or call 716-362-8982.

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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