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

common winterberry (Ilex verticillata), 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.

Sightings

Even in a normal year it feels like spring cannot come soon enough and in this year of COVID it is even more true.  So, let’s get outside and look for early signs of spring together.  Together?

Together through iNaturalist. We have created a project on the app RI Signs of Spring where we can share our photos.  It will be fun to see plants as they come into bloom/bud across the state.  The project runs from February 1 though end of April.


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 (PCV) Corps . Click image.

Upcoming Events

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Recent RIWPS News

In Memory, Robert Fain and Michael Lapisky

We are saddened by the passing of two RIWPS members. Robert Fain first joined RIWPS in 2008. In addition to his interest in Rhode Island Plants he worked professionally and personally on social justice issues.  He died last July.  See obituary Michael Lapinky was an 11 year member. He was known for his willingness to share his knowledge and experience on all things gardening.  Michael died in January of this year.  See obituary

In Memory: Mabel “Sindy” Hempstead

In early December, at the grand age of 95, RIWPS Life member…

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.