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Naturalist and writer Bruce Fellman describes his experience on Saturday, August 4 at a RIWPS walk. Journaling through the heat wave begins …
“Earlier this year, I wrote about what promised to be a splendid, four-part series of walks called Plants and Their Places that was sponsored by the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, a truly wonderful organization dedicated to the “appreciation, protection, and study of our native plants and habitats.”
In the write-up, trek leader and botanist Doug McGrady proposed introducing flora aficionados to his favorite locales and the green things they supported, with investigations of intriguing areas
Donated native plants are an important part of the success story behind both our May, Early Bloomer & Spring Ephemeral Plant Sale and our June, Best Native Plant Sale in Rhode Island. In early Spring, RIWPS members and friends (with our help, should they wish) dig and divide their native plants which we pot and grow for our sales. […]
3,200 MORE NATIVE PLANT IN THE LANDSCAPE! Rhode Island gardeners really get it. Planting native plants helps restore the natural environment, creating more favorable conditions to maintain and increase the native bird, butterfly and other insect populations that depend on native plant communities. Gardeners showed up in droves early Saturday morning, June 4th with wagons, boxes […]
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. — When you pull into Sandra Thompson’s driveway, you can see firsthand how committed she is to promoting wild plants in Rhode Island. The pots, flats and trays line the circular drive, and curl around the walkway to the front door and back around to the garage where they stand five rows deep in front of the gas grill and garage bays.
“We have more than 300 plantings right here,” said Thompson, as she surveyed her East Greenwich yard. “And this is just my house — we have more than a hundred volunteers.”
Tysh McGrail describes her 28 acres in North Scituate, R.I., as Yankee swampland with numerous microclimates, a place where a variety of plants native to Rhode Island wetlands grow and thrive. Jack-in-the-pulpit, a long-lived perennial wildflower with a unique hooded shape,
Karen Asher, who grew up in the Bronx, never gardened until she and her husband, Ira, bought their first house in Kingston 40 years ago. “I looked out at the yard and said, ‘What am I supposed to do with that?’” she told a group of wild plant lovers gathered at the North Kingstown Library last Saturday.
RIWPS sold more than 700 native plants last Saturday, May 14, at URI East Farm spring festival, in South Kingstown. The warm, sunny morning brought out crowds of eager gardeners, who queued up early to find beautifully-grown
Why plant Benthamidia japonica (kousa dogwood), which, according to ecologist Doug Tallamy supports no native insects (and thus feeds no birds), when you could plant a Benthamidia florida (flowering dogwood), and feed 117 species of native insects (and a lot of birds)! Let’s plant for wildlife.
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