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RIWPS Record breaking sales of Spring Ephemerals!

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 specimens of Geranium maculatum (wild geranium), Aquilegia canadensis (red columbine), Trillium erectum (red trillium), Sanguinaria canadensis (blood-root), and hearty natives of the coastal plain, including Vaccinium angustifolium (low-bush blueberry) and Rosa virginiana (Virginia rose), which thrive in sunny, dry sandy gardens.

These early bloomers are just a tantalizing preview to RIWPS’ June 4 sale, also at URI East Farm, Route 108, South Kingstown, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, rain or shine.

More than 3,000 shrubs, trees, vines and perennials, all locally grown and suited to Rhode Island gardens – sun, shade, dry or wet – will be for sale. To name a few: Hamamelis virginiana (American witch-hazel), Benthamidia florida (flowering big-bracted dogwood), Amelanchier canadensis (eastern shadbush), many viburnums and azaleas suited to Rhode Island.


These natives species not only enhance the subtle beauty of a landscape, they provide food and habitat for birds and native insects, including pollinating bees and butterflies.

Call for Applications: Deadline 2/29/2016

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society Press Release


Deadline February 29, 2016


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.

The grant is for up to $1,000 and includes a one year membership to RIWPS. The project goal must involve environmental activities or research in any area of study related to wild plants and/or their habitats. These activities may involve such things as installation of gardens, invasive removal, or support for extracurricular activities. It can also be used for project materials, to create workshops or courses with a community outreach component. The award is open to Rhode Island residents or non-residents at a Rhode Island educational institution.

For additional information, specific grant requirements, eligibility guidelines and applications, call the RI Wild Plant Society at (401) 789-7497 (voicemail) or email You can also download the information from the website,


Applications must be received by February 29, 2016

Send to: RIWPS, P.O. Box 888, North Kingstown, RI 02852


The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Rhode Island’s native plants and their habitats.


Press Release: Native Plant Symposium

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society invites nursery and landscape industry professionals, landscape architects, ecologists, land managers, and plant enthusiasts to attend a day-long conference: Growing Awareness: planting biodiverse + resilient landscapes on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at Brown University in Providence.

Native plants provide the landscape with a sense of place. Over thousands of years these plants have adapted to the local conditions – in sync with the needs of local wildlife with which they have co-evolved.

  • Learn the importance of collecting, saving, and propagating genetically diverse local seed to create biodiverse and resilient landscapes.
  • Using native plant communities as a model, explore the intersection of ecology and traditional horticulture with design examples from late 19c practitioners to today.
  • Discover techniques to help your landscape expand and thrive using existing plant material as the source.
  • Hear regional panelists share the rewards, and respond to the challenges, of propagating locally native plants for conservation and design.


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appreciate • protect • study | our native plants + habitats

native plant sales

Beauty + more | native plants sustain local wildlife

Plant Sale Press Release – for immediate release
RI Wild Plant Society’s: “Best Native Plant Sale in Rhode Island”
June 6, 2015 | 9AM -1PM, rain or shine
@URI’s East Farm | Rt. 108, Kingston, RI

Are you a bird-lover? Do you delight in seeing butterflies? Are you committed to supporting pollinators?

Co-evolving over millennia, our local wildlife has formed complex and specialized relationships with our native plants. To support them we must plant the native species on which they depend. Some of those available at the sale include:

For Birds: serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.), spicebush (Lindera benzoin), high + lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium spp.), winterberry (Ilex verticillata), trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), and eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

For Pollinators: sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), blazing star (Liatris novae-angliae), American-aster (Symphyotrichum spp.), Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium spp.), and mountain-mint (Pycnanthemum spp.)

Butterfly larval hosts: bird-foot violet (Viola pedata), white turtlehead (Chelone glabra), blue iris (Iris spp.), yellow wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria), blue vervain (Verbena hastata), and milkweed (Asclepias spp.)

 Interested in learning more about which RI native plants are suitable for your landscape?

Join us June 6 with your questions, your cart/wagon, + plenty of trunk-space.

 Offering 100+ species of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and much more

 * All profits directly support the work of Rhode Island Wild Plant Society



Exhibit Entrance

RIWPS Native Plant Exhibit Wins Three Awards

Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian Uses of Native Plants: Historic to Contemporary earned 2nd Place for Best in the Show (Non-Profit), 2nd Place for People’s Choice and 3rd Place for the Exhibitors Choice at the February RI Spring Flower & Garden Show.