Our visit to Nancy Weiss-Fried’s garden in Cranston, on a hot, sunny morning in late July, was a feast for the eyes and senses. Hundreds of species, including groundcovers, perennials, ferns and woody shrubs are terraced down the steep bank behind her house, shaded by the oak, beech, maple, white pine, and even a young chestnut tree that march down to the edge of Spectacle Pond, and which kept us cool, as we wandered about, plant ID lists in hand.
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We have many people to thank for our success – the many volunteers who donate their time on the May and June sale dates to help customers. They are the face of the organization. There are many volunteers for setting up and taking down all the equipment used at the sale – tents, tables, chairs and those who help transport plants to the sale. There are many more people behind the scenes – the seed starters groups east and west. Our at home propagators donate hundreds of plants. Volunteers who work together to print off the plant labels, work on the plant signs. There are nearly 100 volunteers who give their time to make our yearly sales not only a financial gain that we use to support our work and programs but also to fulfill our mission to make native plants affordable and available to be put into gardens all across the state.
Thank you to all!
On Monday June 3, RIWPS volunteer Sandra Thompson lauded a number of reason to attend this event. She highlighted a few of the thousands of plants that await you at East Farm on Saturday June 8.On Monday May, RIWPS volunteer Sandra Thompson lauded a number of reason to attend this event. She highlighted a few of the thousands of plants that await you at East Farm on Saturday June 8. And yes, there will be almost 5,000 plants!
It was a perfect day the for first walk in our new walk series open to out members. We botanized along the Ben Utter Trail, which winds along the Wood River in the Arcadia forest in Exeter, RI.
SEJAL LANTERMAN, NBC 10 PLANT PRO, interviews veteran RIWPS member Sally Johnson at her home in Riverside for a two part series on native plants.
Much thanks to Seed Starters West for shepherding our EARLY NATIVE PLANT SALE on Saturday, May 11, 2019 along with work of Seed Starters East and so many others who volunteered their talents, time or who donated plants.
RIWPS volunteer Becky Settje has been generously sharing her passion about plants and nature with children for much of her life. Her most recent involvement has been through the family and children’s walks and programs that she has led for RIWPS. Her flexibility and openness to tailor experiences to suit the needs and interests of groups and individuals has been outstanding. Shortly Becky and her husband will be moving from Rhode Island to Arizona. While we will miss her, we are excited for this next adventure for her and know that when she is settled in, she will be tending a native Arizona garden and sharing her passions for all things native with budding young naturalist. Much appreciation and thanks!
At the Annual Meeting on March 30 RIWPS celebrated this years volunteer award winners. A quick look at our Lifetime Volunteers, Marnie Lacoulture & Carolyn Curtis and our Volunteers of the Year, Peggy Buttenbaum & Pat Foley.
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!