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Finding Gibbs Swamp – Garry Plunkett

Long time RIWPS member and volunteer Garry Plunkett dedicates his efforts to land conservation in his town.  Read about his experiences collecting data on a newly acquired property of the Tiverton Land Trust.

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 and former Co-President, Mabel “Sindy” Hempstead passed on.  Sindy was a RIWPS member since 1994 and immediately recruited to serve on the Board, first as Secretary from 1994-1996, then as Co-President with URI Plant Science Prof. Richard Hull, from 1996-1997. Recruited once again […]

At Risk Plant Propagation Program

In 2019, in an effort to formalize relocation and support of rare plant species populations, the
RINHS, RIWPS, and RIDEM discussed a cooperative program to propagate the seed of state listed rare plant species.

In Memory: Dick (Richard) Donnelly

With sadness we are sharing the news of the death of Dick Donnelly a RIWPS’ member for 28 years and a wonderful volunteer. Dick was passionate about native plants and generously shared his talents for teaching about them, both informally and in a wide variety of public programs and events.