Safety in the Garden
Gardening is a relatively safe hobby, but there are potential dangers. Some plants are poisonous, and many pesticides, even organic ones, are toxic.
You can search Cornell University's Poisonous Plant Database by a plant's common or botanical name to find its relative toxicity, or browse through the alphabetical listings. If you have pets or children who might be tempted to nibble on plants, consult this list before making plant purchases.
Be sure to keep all pesticides locked up and out of reach of children and pets. Keep all pesticides in their original containers and follow label directions carefully -- especially any precautions. (This isn't just wise, it is also the law.)
If you suspect that someone may have ingested a poison, call the Poison Control Hotline immediately at (800) 222-1222. Visit the American Association of Poison Control Centers Web site for more information on poison prevention, as well as first aid help.
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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Spring is here, and it's time to start planning visits to local public gardens for ideas and inspiration on plants that will thrive in your region. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, is a beautifully landscaped historic property with sweeping views overlooking Narragansett Bay. It's located midway between Newport and Providence, so plan a side trip there if you'll be in either of those areas. Visit their Web page at http://www.blithewold.org for directions, hours, and fees, or call (401) 253-2707.