Meadow by the Bay
This program is the first of two site visits to the private landscapes of veteran RIWPS members. These visits are open to members only, as a special thanks for their support and in many cases, countless volunteer hours. Our first visit features a meadow. Completed in 2009, Judy and Jonathan Knight’s contemporary house sits on a small bluff with sweeping views of Narragansett Bay.
A meadow of native wildflowers and plants covers three-quarters of the one-acre property, and meandering pathways encourage a closer look at the plants. Garden beds created within the meadow and bordering the property provide space for selected wildflowers to establish while goldenrod, lupine, monarda, and milkweed provide seasonal color within the meadow.
Two rain gardens in the meadow filter rain water from the roof en route to Narragansett Bay and are bordered by natives such as sweet fern, inkberry, low bush blueberry, and elderberry. The more formal landscaped property behind the house includes itea, fothergilla, chokeberry, clethra, viburnum, and other New England natives, and a built stream cascades down rock ledges following the natural slope of the land.