Entries by Mary

Native or Cultivar? Does It Make a Difference?

Wildlife-friendly gardens and pollinator gardens are becoming more and more popular, driving a demand for native plants. And the horticultural industry is responding with a huge selection of “redesigned” native plants, cultivars of the native species.

RIWPS First Online Plant Sale – Much Thanks

RIWPS’s first online plant sale is over, plants have been picked up and we hope are settling into gardens throughout our region. Thank you to all who supported our sale and brought 1600 plants into our communities.  

Plant Sale for Members

The ordering phase of our plant sale for members, from August 1 through August 9, is the beginning of having more than a thousand additional native plants in the landscape.  Almost 50% of the species we had available sold out, including all trees and shrubs.

In Memoriam: Sigrid Hewitt

With sadness we announce the passing of Sigrid Hewitt, RIWPS member and volunteer, on May 3, 2020. Sigrid brought her strong interest in nature and plants with her when she moved to Rhode Island fifteen years ago. A long time volunteer at Seed Starters West, Sigrid was awarded a Lifetime Service Award in 2018, especially for her contributions to this group.

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.

Book Review: Natures Best Hope

Doug Tallamy begins Nature’s Best Hope, published this year by Timber Press, by tipping his cap to the great conservationists of the 20th century, including Teddy Roosevelt, who helped launch the National Parks movement.