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Winter Book Discussion: The Brothers Gardeners

During the afternoon of February 9,  eleven RIWPS members gathered in the comfortable living room of the Pilson house around a roaring fire. As if on cue a few snow flakes fluttered past the windows. Elaine Trench lead the discussion of “The Brother Gardeners” by Andrea Wulf.

RIWPS January Potluck Social

On January 11, 2020 RIWPS celebrated GO WILD, an afternoon social potluck, held at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence. 


Thursday November 7 marked the last walk in our 2019 series First Thursday Botanizing Walks. This series, which is free and open to the public explores a wide variety of natural landscape in Rhode Island.

Keep Our Native Plants Humming – Video Recording and Plant List

What you can do to support native bee pollinators in your landscape. Video recording of the October 2019 Lisa Loftland Gould Lecture by Dr. Gegear. Native Plant list by bee tongue length.

Native Bee Research at URI. You can help!

Thanks to Dr. Steve Alm, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology, students are conducting important research on native bees. Most recently is the work to survey bumble bees in Rhode Island. They are looking for citizens scientists to help collect data. Please see the flyer.

RIWPS Fall Plant Sale a Big Success!

There was a fall-like chill in the morning air as volunteers set up tables and tents for our 2nd fall plant sale in Cranston. People were lining up before the sale opened and one of our volunteers Linda Hall began to show them plants, pictures and explain why they really needed these plants. It was a great way to start off the sale!

A Walk through the Seasons with Rhode Island Wild Plants

We are thrilled to announce that the third edition of our coloring book is now available at general meetings, plant sales. A must for all budding naturalists.

A recap: In the Landscape of Nancy Weiss-Fried

Our visit to Nancy Weiss-Fried’s garden in Cranston, on a hot, sunny morning in late July, was a feast for the eyes and senses. Hundreds of species, including groundcovers, perennials, ferns and woody shrubs are terraced down the steep bank behind her house, shaded by the oak, beech, maple, white pine, and even a young chestnut tree that march down to the edge of Spectacle Pond, and which kept us cool, as we wandered about, plant ID lists in hand.

RIWPS is on instagram!

See what we are up to. Find us at or use the icon link in the header banner of our website. We welcome you to submit photos of RIWPS programs and events, or special moments in your journey to appreciate, protect and study our native plants and their habitats. Send your photos to Please include the date and place as well as other relevant details.

RIWPS June Sale – Great Plants, Great People, Great Weather

So many thanks.  Best Native Plant Sale in RI on June 8 enjoyed perfect weather, good looking plants and enthusiastic seekers of native plants.  Check out the pictures!  Over 4,000 native plants have been sold so far this year and we will have more plants at our fall sale on Saturday August 24th at the Pawtuxet Valley Farmer’s Market in Cranston.  We will have many late summer flowering plants and some shrubs.

We have many people to thank for our success – the many volunteers who donate their time on the May and June sale dates to help customers.  They are the face of the organization.  There are many volunteers for setting up and taking down all the equipment used at the sale – tents, tables, chairs and those who help transport plants to the sale.  There are many more people behind the scenes – the seed starters groups east and west.  Our at home propagators donate hundreds of plants.  Volunteers who work together to print off the plant labels, work on the plant signs.   There are nearly 100 volunteers who give their time to make our yearly sales not only a financial gain that we use to support our work and programs but also to fulfill our mission to make native plants affordable and available to be put into gardens all across the state.

Thank you to all!