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RI Department of Environmental Management
LARGE MODEL OF BLACKSTONE CANAL AND BIKE PATH WILL HIGHLIGHT DEM EXHIBITS AT RI SPRING GARDEN AND FLOWER SHOW
Live Beehive Will Also be Featured
PROVIDENCE - A 1,363 square foot replica of the Blackstone Canal and Bike Path will highlight the Department of Environmental Management's exhibits at the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show this month. Designed by staff from DEM's Division of Parks and Recreation, the exhibit depicts the state's new and expanding scenic linear park in Lincoln. The park provides unique and convenient recreational opportunities in the midst of one of the state's most illustrious historic industrial areas.
The display includes a spillway on the canal, as well as a façade of the historic Kelly House, which is a familiar sight to cyclists on the bike path. A vegetable garden, antique plows, and an assortment of flowerbeds add to the unique and complex exhibit. Park benches set on granite pavers provide a sitting area to view the 1,363 square foot exhibit, with its 35-foot bike path.
The exhibit, titled, "A Convenient Retreat for the Body and Soul," celebrates the popularity of bicycle paths in Rhode Island. Two of them, the East Bay Bike Path and the Blackstone Bike Path, are maintained by DEM.
DEM's Division of Agriculture will also be present at the flower show, with a number of free consumer brochures, free recipe cards, as well as the live beehive that was an instant hit when first presented at last year's Spring Garden Show. Demonstrations will be given on beekeeping and on extracting honey from the hive.
The Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show will be held Thursday, February 17 through Sunday, February 20 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.