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General Meeting & Guest Speaker

November 11 @ 1:00 am - 3:30 pm

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) with Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele), photo Randi Eckel

Randi Eckel: Native Plants & the Creatures That Love Them

A discussion of who eats what!  Which plants are favored by butterflies (and caterpillars), birds, wildlife and people…

Dr. Randi Eckel has been working with native plants for over 30 years, and founded the mail-order native plant nursery Toadshade Wildflower Farm in 1996 to further public awareness and availability of native plants.

A life-long naturalist, lover of nature, and confirmed plant and ecology nerd, Randi specializes in the interactions between plants and other living things.  She is known for her lively and engaging lectures and workshops on growing and propagating native plants, and offers interesting, nuanced information on the complex issues facing native plants and native plant communities.

Randi studied at the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland, and earned her Ph.D at North Carolina State University before continuing to research plant and insect interactions through her work at the USDA.  She now follows her passion as the owner of Toadshade Wildflower Farm.

Lecture cosponsor: Rhode Island Natural History Survey. November 11 -18 is Rhode Island Natural History Week.


Our Seed Starters have been collecting seed from three of their favorite Rhode Island native plants, cardinal-flower, swamp milkweed and butterfly milkweed.

  Cardinal flowers especially support hummingbirds and both milkweeds are food sources for the caterpillars of monarch butterflies. Go Botany, New England Wildflower’s authoritative source on New England plants, notes that butterfuly milkweed is rare in New England.

Follow the directions that will come with the seeds and enjoy more biodiversity in your landscape next year. And of course, the delight of growing from seed!

To learn more about each plant, see our Cultivation Notes.

•cardinal-flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Schedule of Events 

1:00 to 1:30 — Business Meeting

1:30 to 2:00 — Refreshments & Fellowship
If your last name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring refreshments to share.

2:00 to 3:30 — Guest Speaker, Randi Eckel


November 11
1:00 am - 3:30 pm
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