Entries by Mary

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 […]

Malcolm Grant Trail, Narragansett, RI

On the Trail – Laura Orabone WildforaRI, Spring 2018 Rhode Island boasts some 400 miles of splendid coastal habitat, and the Malcolm Grant Trail in Narragansett is a perfect way to spend a day getting acquainted with it. Dedicated in 2008 and named for a long-time official with the RI Department of Environmental Management, in […]

Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve, Charlestown, RI

On the Trail – Laura Orabone WildforaRI, Winter 2017  The Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve, located in Charlestown, is Rhode Island’s second-largest nature preserve and is maintained by the state’s chapter of The Nature Conservancy. This 1,112- acre property was acquired in 2001 with help from The Champlin Foundations, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and […]

Powder Mill Ledges, Smithfield, RI

On the Trail – Paul Dolan WildforaRI, Spring 2016 Powder Mill Ledges is one of the sixteen public wildlife refuges owned by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. This refuge also houses the headquarters for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. There are three separate trails on the property, taking 35 to 90 minutes, if […]

Simmons Mill Pond Management Area, Little Compton, RI

On the Trail – by Gail and Roger Green, Dick Disher WildfloraRI, Winter 2016 The Simmons
 Mill Pond
 Management
Area is a 500+ acre
site in Little Compton, RI, composed
of several parcels of
land, six ponds, and
more than three miles
of well-marked trails.
 It is located in the
upper reaches of the
 Cold Brook drainage
as it makes its way to
 […]

RIWPS Botanizing Walks – A most enjoyable way to learn about native plants!

RIWPS Botanizing Walk at Neutaconkanut Hill Park. On Thursday, October 4, about 16 enthusiastic RIWPS members and friends joined Joe Jamroz, advisory board member for the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy, to enjoy spectacular views of Providence at Neutaconkanut Hill Park. Neutaconkanut by the way, means home of squirrels.

Rising nearly 300 feet above Narragansett Bay, this naturally forested park is situated in

Looking for rare species, time well spent

Doug McGrady, veteran RIWPS member and leader of numerous botanical walks and forays cited for his recent discovery of a population of chaff-seed (Schwalbea americana) in his work as a Plant Conservation Volunteer with the New England Wild Flower Society.