Entries by Mary

The art and skill of botanical illustration

On March 16, Amy Bartlett Wright led a class in Botanical Illustration in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit “Entwined: Botany, Art and the Lost Cat Swamp Habitat at the John Hay Library, Brown University. Take a look!

Entwined earns good reviews!

On January 6, 2019 Channing Grey of the Providence Journal praises the “near photographic” watercolor images of Edward Peckam, and their well preserved botanical specimens in this “small gem of an exhibit”.

A celebration of art and science. Entwined: Botany and Art and the Lost Cat Swamp Habitat

The exhibit showcases the rich history of art and science in Providence and provokes you to consider the consequences of environmental change on local biodiversity. Premiering original watercolors of plants by Edward Peckham together with matching specimens from the Brown University Herbarium, collected by William Bailey and others, explore the lost Cat Swamp habitat of the Wayland and Blackstone neighborhoods on the East Side.

Climate Change: A View Over Thirty Years

This article by Lisa Lofland Gould first appeared in WildfloraRI, Winter 2018

In October 1988, the fledgling RI Wild Plant Society sponsored my attendance at a conference in Washington, D.C., The Consequences of the Greenhouse Effect on Biological Diversity. Among all the bigwig academic institutions, government agencies, and NGOs present at the conference, RIWPS was the only state plant society represented—kudos for foresight! My original article, a brief overview of the conference, is reprinted here, followed by a bit of commentary.

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society Offering Grant

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society is offering a grant to aid individuals in the study of wild plants and their habitats. To qualify you must be an educator, a member of a Rhode Island botanical or environmental association or a student in a field related to botany or environmental studies. Deadline February 28, 2019.

Growing Native Plants from Seed

This article by Dorothy Swift originally appeared in WildfloraRI, Spring 2018.

Why grow wild plants from seed?

Grow­ing plants from seed provides more plants for your property than buying larger, more costly plants from a com­mercial or nonprofit source. Certainly, either Lobelia cardinalis or Penstemon digitalis is lovely as a single plant, but most people want multiple cardinal flow­ers or groups of penstemon throughout a planted area.