The pitch pine forest has been an important but declining Rhode Island ecosystem since the days when fire maintained it. Pitch pine (Pinus rigida) is a fire-tolerant tree that thrives on nutrient-poor, dry soil often referred to as a pine barren.
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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’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.
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.
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.
LINCOLN – Walkers and cyclists will have something new to see as they pass by the Kelly House Museum in Lincoln after members of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society planted more than 160 native plants in a new pollinator garden at the site last Friday morning.
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.
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.
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.
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The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Rhode Island’s native plants and their habitats. All contributions and dues are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
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