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

Ilex verticillata (winterberry), GGarnder

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.

Call for applications

riwps annual grant

Awards up to $2,500.  Due February 28, 2022.

Sightings

Doug McGrady, a RIWPS walk leader, is passionate about exploring plant communities in and close to RI. He also tracks rare and endangered plants for the Plant Conservation Volunteer Corps. Click image.

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Recent RIWPS News

In Memory – Thomas C (Tom) Greene, Jr

Tom brought his passion for history and landscape to RIWPS when he joined in 1991. Eager to volunteer, in 1992

In Memory – Cheryl Cadwell

Cheryl was a very active member of RIWPS before moving out of state.  In 2008-2009 she became the  president of RIWPS after

In Memory – Sidney “Sid” Morgan

RIWPS member, Sid Morgan was a faithful member of Seed Starters…

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!

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.