Preserve & Protect Rhode Island’s Native Plants & Their Habitats

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Our Native Plants

  • We provide opportunities to study and enjoy them.

  • We encourage and offer guidance in their cultivation and use.

  • We educate the public on their ecological and aesthetic values.

  • We support land preservation and practices fostering their natural communities.

Cancellations

Annual Meeting. We have cancelled the Annual Meeting on 28 March.  We hope to feature our speaker, Dr. Susan Barton, at our fall meeting. We are communicating RIWPS members about important business items including voting for members of the Board of Trustee.

Plant Sales.  The May 9th early native plant sale has been cancelled.  Our seed starters groups are no longer meeting and for their protection and our customers protection we will not schedule an event while the virus continues to spread. By May 1st a decision will be made on the June 6th native plant sale.  If held, the sale will be smaller than usual due to the limitations placed on us during this time. 

Programs. Our April and May First Thursday Botanizing walks have been cancelled and we will evaluate our other walks and programs as the time for each approaches


Being in nature can be both physically and mentally restorative.  We hope you will find yourself in the outdoors, and on the trails.  Check out our self guided walks. or  Partner Page for links to organizations with conservation lands where you can walk.  (It is imperative to only walk in areas where you can maintain your social distance.) Focused on you own garden?  See our planting resources.

Thank you for your support of RIWPS. Even in these trying times our mission remains important and we need to keep that focus in mind.

Most of all – Say Safe,

Dick Fisher – for the RIWPS Board

Questions? contact office@RIWPS.org



2020  Botanizing Walks Season


Our Spring Native Plant Sale – June 6

Upcoming Events

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Recent RIWPS News

Winter Book Discussion: The Brothers Gardeners

During the afternoon of February 9,  eleven RIWPS members gathered in the comfortable living room of the Pilson house around a roaring fire. As if on cue a few snow flakes fluttered past the windows. Elaine Trench lead the discussion of "The Brother Gardeners” by Andrea Wulf.

RIWPS January Potluck Social

On January 11, 2020 RIWPS celebrated GO WILD, an afternoon social potluck, held at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence. 

Resources

Find online resources and printed references from organizations that steward native plants, including the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, New England Wild Flower Society,  University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and, of course, RIWPS .

Grow

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society (RIWPS) has seed starter groups in Exeter, RI (Seed Starters West) and Portsmouth, RI (Seed Starters East). Seed starters cultivate most of the plants at RIWPS plant sales.

Both groups would welcome more members. Dig in the dirt in non-gardening seasons and enjoy constantly learning about native plants! Don’t worry about the drive; many members car pool.

Explore

People of all botanical abilities are welcome at RIWPS events — beginners, experts, amateurs, and professionals. Come to enjoy and learn about wild plants.

Some RIWPS programs, especially the walks and workshops, can only accommodate a limited number of participants, however; so register early.

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