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

spotted crane’s-bill, GGardner

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.

Events/Programs Update

Our highest priority is the health of our members, volunteers and those who attend our events.  Thus, we have suspended (albeit with much disappointment) the great lineup of our planned programs and events. We are looking for alternative approaches for some of these events/programs as well as new ways that our volunteer community can encourage appreciating, studying and learning about native plants while keeping appropriate social distancing.

• See our Native Plant Sales Page for information about plant sales/seed starters and contributing images of your sprouting plants to our facebook page.

• See our Program/Events and Walks page for more information about these activities.

Can you help?  Our  Walks & Workshop Committee is looking for one or more volunteers with videography skills. We have fledging ideas for online programs /experiences but videography is not in our skill set. Contact office@riwps.org


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.  Some however are not open at this time.  Focused on you own garden?  See our planting resources.

Happy Spring

Trillium erectum (red trillium, red wakerobin) white form, Killingly, Ct

Photo by Doug McGrady, RIWPS walk leader, who is passionate about exploring plant communities in Rhode Island and neighboring states.  Doug also tracks rare and endandered plants as a member of the Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) Corps, the oldest rare plant-monitoring program in the country.

Doug posts many of his pictures to his flickr account.  Click the image to see many more wild plants. You do not need a flickr account to view the images.

Upcoming Events

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Recent RIWPS News

In Memoriam: Joan Pilson

With sadness we announce the passing of RIWPS extraordinary volunteer, Joan Pilson. Joan joined RIPWS shortly after her retirement in 1990 and was soon involved in many aspects of the Society. She was a board member, serving as President from 1993 to 1995 and then as Co-President the following year.

A big Thank You to Dick Fisher, RIWPS President, 2016-2020!

Many of us feel Dick deserves more fanfare. However, since we could not gather in March to thank him nor will  be to gather anytime soon, we thought the least we could do is share a selection of thoughts from fellow board members.

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.