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The Fayerweather Craft Guild, 1859 Mooresfield Rd. (Route 138 at Route 108), Kingston, offers a beaded holiday ornament workshop and demonstration for ages 10 and older with Sallie Sirhal on Saturday, Aug. 22 ($10), and a hydrangea wreath workshop and demonstration for ages 12 and older with Deborah Gaucher on Saturday, Aug. The demonstrations are free. Registration is required.

The Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, hosts Kiki’s Garden Craft Bash Saturday, Aug. Participants will make fused plastic pencil cases with custom pencils. The event is free.

Cross’ Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, hosts a quilting group Wednesday, Aug. All are welcome to bring supplies to work on a current project or start a new one. Or, bring tools and a project and join the library’s beading enthusiasts group Thursday, Aug. to noon. Programs are free.

“Taking the Mystery Out of Mushrooming,” an Audubon Society of Rhode Island program, will be offered Saturday, Aug. at the Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield. The workshop includes an introduction to mushroom and fungus identification, a display of wild mushrooms that were collected from other areas, a hike in the woods with an expert guide to find mushrooms growing in the wild, and a sampling of tasty dishes using a variety of cultivated “wild” mushrooms. Note that collecting mushrooms on Audubon properties is forbidden. The cost is $40 and registration is required. The program will be repeated Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Rd., Exeter.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, Mass., offers a live caterpillar program led by naturalist/biologist Sam Jaffe Sunday, Aug. Visitors will learn about the lives of caterpillars and about New England’s plants and bugs. “Mrs. Thrift’s Savory Herbal Kitchen” will be presented by Betsy Williams Saturday, Aug. The program includes a morning of learning and tasting followed by an herb flavored lunch. The cost is $90. Registration is required.

The Preservation Society of Newport County hosts a lecture, “Longwood Gardens: Behind the Gates of One of the Great Gardens of the World,” Thursday, Aug. at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport. Longwood’s display designer Jim Sutton will lead a sneak peak into the gardens’ 1,007 acres including 20 outdoor and 20 indoor gardens and will talk about the extensive research that goes into the floral and exhibit design. Admission is $10 and registration is required. 847 1000, ext.

The Rhode Island Orchid Society presents a program on “Landscaping With Hardy Orchids” at its next meeting Saturday, Aug. at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. Guests will learn how to grow orchids, trilliums and Jack in the Pulpits.

Join the Southern Rhode Island Master Gardeners for a Champion of Trees Tour at Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St., Westerly, Saturday, Aug. The tour includes a discussion about the National and Rhode Island Big Tree registry, a walk around the park stopping at all champions and, if time permits, all the trees in the registry. Invasives, natives and uses of trees will be discussed along the walk, which starts at the park’s gardener’s cottage.

The Newport Historical Society presents a “pop up” Colonial city that illustrates daily activities from the Colonial era during a large scale reenactment of the Stamp Act Protest Saturday, Aug. Visitors can meet with craftspeople, play children’s games, attend a tea and more. The event is free. There will be a Stamp Act Party after the protest inside Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, where guests can enjoy refreshments while chatting with the reenactment team. Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefiting the society.

It’s Windmill Wednesday at Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Rd., Middletown, Wednesday, Aug. Guests can enjoy a family friendly event with jonnycake tasting, hands on activities for children, live music by Ric and Rory, and the opportunity to see the inside of the 1812 Prescott Farm windmill while learning about the importance of grist milling on Aquidneck Island and exploring how the windmill works. Picnicking is welcome.

Blackstone Valley History Society hosts a tour of Jenks Park and Cogswell Tower, Central Falls, Wednesday, Aug. Central Falls Councilman Bob Ferri leads the tour and a discussion about the tower that has a grotto at its base. Meet at the front entrance to the park on Broad Street.

The Rhode Island Land Trust programs include a free guided nature hike and craft program hosted by the Cumberland Trust on Saturday, Aug. A trolley tour of Aquidneck Island Land Trust conserved lands will take place Thursday, Aug. Meet at ALT headquarters, 790 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. Light refreshments will be provided. On Saturday, Aug.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston,
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Mass., offers a behind the scenes tour of historic Allandale Farm, 259 Allandale Rd., Brookline, Mass., Boston’s last working farm, Saturday, Aug. 22, 10 am to noon with the farm general manager John Lee. Participants will visit the greenhouses and field and learn about the history of the farm as well as its sustainable agricultural practices. Also included will be a visit to the Brandegee Estate gardens. Meet at the farmstand. The cost is $25. Guided tours of Tower Hill’s bonsai exhibit will take place Saturday, Aug. The tours are free with garden admission ($12, 65+ $9, youth 6 18 $7, children 5 and younger free) and are in conjunction with the month long exhibit, “The Art of Bonsai,” which runs through Aug. 30. A docent led evening garden tour will be offered Wednesday, Aug. The tour is free with garden admission. through October. Year round private guided tours and group tours may be scheduled in advance. Admission is $10, students $5, children 12 and younger/active military personnel free.

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, 815 Gilbert Stuart Rd., North Kingstown (Saunderstown), is surrounded by gardens and woodland hiking trails with a focus on history, art and nature. Docents offer tours of the gristmill and birthplace on the hour and the museum’s art gallery features “Rhode Island Masters, 18th and 19th Century Works by Renowned Rhode Island Artists” through Aug. 31. Admission is $10, children 6 12 $6. and by appointment. Admission is $8, seniors/students $6, children 12 and younger $5.

Boston based natural illustrator and designer Natalya Zahn showcases her new collection of artwork, an exploration of North American flowering plants and their wild pollinators, in the Limonaia conservatory at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, Mass. The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 12.

Doris Duke’s Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave., Newport, features “Fired and Inspired,” a variety of ceramics organized around three thematic topics: function versus decoration, symbolism and beliefs and cultural status. In addition, objects span time from the Tang Dynasty (618 907) to modern day and represent cultures from Asia, Italy, England, Germany, France, Spain and the Czech Republic. to 3:45 pm Tuesday through Sunday through Nov. 8. Admission is $25, children 12 and younger free and includes tour and exhibit.

The Newport Historical Society presents “Fraternite: The French in Newport,” a two part exhibit in honor of ship L’Hermoine’s visit to Newport. The first part of the exhibit focuses on French participation in Rhode Island during the American Revolution and is on view at Colony House, Washington Square, Newport. The second part is at the Museum of Newport History, Brick Market: Museum Shop, 127 Thames St., Newport, and highlights the relationship between Daniel Lyman, a Continental Army officer and 18th century Newport resident, and the Marquis de Lafayette. The exhibit runs through October.

The Providence Preservation Society celebrates 20 years of its “Most Endangered Properties” program with the “Most Endangered Properties 20th Anniversary Photo Exhibit” in the atrium of the Peerless Building, 150 Union St., Providence. The exhibit, which remains on view through the summer, features images that document the history of the Endangered Properties list and presents a retrospective of Providence’s 20 most significant preservation stories from the last two decades. Admission is free.

Woodridge Congregational Church, 546 Budlong Rd., Cranston, hosts a baby and children’s clothing sale Saturday, Aug. Individual items will be priced at $1, outfits and shoes at $2. Proceeds benefit the church’s Sunday school and nursery programs. through Columbus Day.

The Providence Flea, Providence River Greenway, 345 South Water St., Providence, is open every Sunday through Sept. 13 and features local artisans, vintage items, fashion, furniture, curiosities, live music, food trucks and more. The shop is stocked with spring and summer clothing, decorative and household items, collectibles and jewelry with inventory changing daily. 683 4106. through August. Until March 28. to noon. University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners provide a free analysis of soil samples from visitors gardens and answer gardening questions. To obtain the soil sample, use a clean trowel and combine smaller samples from several areas of the property to be tested. Take samples from a depth of 3 to 4 inches for lawns, 6 to 8 inches for vegetables and flowers, and 12 to 18 inches for fruit trees. Do not sample soil that has been recently fertilized, limed or is very wet. Take about 1 cup of soil and spread it on a piece of paper to dry overnight. Put the soil in a small zip close bag, and write your name on the bag and the type of plants you wish to grow. 846 4152, ext.
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