Rare Plants of New England and their Conservation
Bill Brumback, Conservation Director, New England Wild Flower Society, will talk about rare species of the region, reasons for their rarity, and the actions we can take to conserve them. Among other topics, he will discuss efforts to manage rare plant populations, bank seeds of rare species, and augment wild populations.
Bill Brumback began his work with native plants as the Propagator for the New England Wild Flower Society and has been the Conservation Director since 1990, focusing on conservation of the endangered plants of the region, including seed banking and invasive species management. His work has included propagation and transplanting of Robbin’s cinquefoil (Potentilla robbinsiana) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire as part of the successful effort to remove this species from the U.S. Endangered Species List; development of the regional list of plants in need of conservation (Flora Conservanda 1996 and 2012); production of the recent field manual for plants of the region (Flora Novae Angliae); and Go Botany, a Society website for the identification of the region’s plants. He has been studying the rare native orchid, small whorled pogonia (Isotria medeoloides), for 30 years, and still doesn’t understand it.
This lecture is underwritten by the Lisa Lofland Gould Native Plant Program Fund and cosponsored by Rhode Island Natural History Survey and University of Rhode Island, Master Gardener Program. Important details on parking below.
For your interest
- Read Case in Point: A Species on the Edge, a recent piece by Bill Brumback on work with Jesup’s Milk-vetch (Astragalus robbinsii var. jesupii).
- For information on rare species in Rhode Island see Rhode Island Natural History Survey webpage. This site includes lists of rare plants in Rhode Island
At this meeting RIWPS Seed Starters will be also offering packets of seed for sale!
Schedule of Events -All Events are Free & Open to the Public
2:00 to 2:30 — RIWPS Business Meeting
2:30 to 3:00 — Refreshments & Fellowship & Seeds
If your last name begins with the letters N through Z, please bring refreshments to share.
During this time RIWPS Seed Starters will be selling their seed packets of milkweeds, Asclepias incarnata (swamp), Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly) Asclepias syriaca (common), as well as Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower) and Penstemon digitalis (penstemon). All are easily propagated.
Seed Starters will also be demonstrating the use of plastic containers for ‘winter sowing’ – an easy method to stratify (cold period) the seeds and hold them for the warmer temperatures of spring.
3:00 to 4:30 — Talk by Bill Brumback – Rare Plants of New England and their Conservation
Driving and parking directions.
While the pharmacy building is located at 7 Greenhouse Rd on the URI Campus in Kingston, there is no parking at the building. Please park in parking area 16 or 7. Both these areas are circled in black on the campus map and are accessed from Flagg Rd. The Pharmacy Building is also circled. Room 170 can be accessed from any entrance but is most directly accessed from the lower courtyard, which is marked in gray squares on the map.