Rites of Spring Adventure in Arcadia Management Area

Exeter, RI

Epigaea repens (trailing-arbutus), DMCGrady Enjoy a rite of spring  on a short hike to see the early blooming trailing-arbutus (Epigaea repens) in the Arcadia Management area. It has been thriving for years in this same spot on a gravelly roadside bank just off the Mt. Tom Trail. We may see other early wildflowers beginning to […]

First Thursday Botanizing Walk – Ben Utter Trail

Ben Utter Trail Head H7X3+6J, Exeter, RI

Canada-mayflower, DMcGrady On this walk with biologist Denise Poyer, we will discover early spring flowers deep in the Arcadia Management Area. We will first wander south on Sand Trail to look for Indian cucumber root (Medeola virginiana), dolls-eyes (Actaea pachypoda), Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) and many other ephemeral flowers.  There is a wonderful patch of nodding trillium (Trillium […]

RIWPS Early Native Plant Sale 2022

Casey Farm 2325 Boston Neck Rd, North Kingstown, RI

On May 7 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. find our Early Native Plant Sale, featuring spring ephemerals and early bloomers, at Casey Farm in Saunderstown. Click here for more details about this sale and our other sales as well as resources to help you choose the right plants for your garden. 

Plants & Their Places – Boston Hollow

Ashford, CT

Join Doug Mcgrady for the first of his Plants & Their Places Series to explore Boston Hollow in Ashford, CT. Boston Hollow is part of the Yale-Myers Forest in Ashford. It’s a rift about 100 ft deep and 1.3 miles long.  A scenic dirt road runs its length. Lysimachia borealis (starflower), Ashford, CT (DMcGrady) Most […]

First Thursday Botanizing Walk – Sin and Flesh Brook Natural Area

Tiverton, RI

Sin and Flesh Brook meanders through eighty-acres of Tiverton’s signature coastal oak-holly forest adjacent to the Fort Barton Revolutionary War Redoubt. The stream’s loveliness belies its curious name given to it following a bloody encounter between a Quaker preacher and a band of Pocasset natives during King Philip’s War. That harsh memory has been replaced […]

The Best Native Plant Sale in Rhode Island 2022

URI Kingston, RI

Our June 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m The Best Native Plant Sale in Rhode Island will be held at URI Cooperative Extension Center Botanical Garden. This is our largest sale. Choose from an extensive range of wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and more. Click here for more details about this sale and our other sales as well as […]

Beechwood Lecture: Detecting and Treating Plant Pathogens

Beechwood Center 44 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI

Heather Faubert from the Plant Sciences and Entomology Department at the University of Rhode Island will talk about how to detect and treat some of the common - and not so common plant pathogens that we may find in our landscapes.  She will also discuss additional measures we can take to help our plants.  If […]

First (well this month, the Second) Thursday Botanizing Walk – Blue Pond Trail

Hopkinton, RI

Botanizing Walk at Blue Pond We have moved this walk to the second Thursday in July to avoid the 4th of July holiday week! Join URI Professor Brian Maynard for an exploration of the Blue Pond Trail in Hopkinton, RI. We will walk through mountain laurel and black birch woods to the edge of Blue […]

(Cancelled) First Thursday Botanizing Walk – Moshassuck River Preserve

Lincoln, RI

Lobelia cardinalis, cardinal flowerphoto GGardner This walk has been cancelled due to the forecast for high heat. Opened in September 2021, the Nature Conservancy’s Moshassuck River Preserve offers three miles of blazed trails in a landscape of New England hardwood forest, river banks and glacial boulders. Witch-hazel, spicebush, ironweed and cardinal flower all flourish in […]

Plants & Their Places – Sweet Pond, Big River Management Area

West Greenwich, RI

Sweet Pond ,West Greenwich RI (DMcGrady 2015) Join Doug Mcgrady for the second walk in our Plants & Their Places walk series on Saturday August 13, 2022 from 10 am to about 2 pm.  Sweet Pond, located in the Big River Management Area, is no longer a pond.  Similar to Blue Pond, in Hopkinton, this […]

Beechwood Lecture: Residential Landscape Design Basics

Beechwood Center 44 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI

Join Kevin Alverson, owner and principal of Kevin M. Alverson Landscape Architecture, (Wickford, RI.) to learn the basics of residential landscape design -- from identifying your goals, to conceptualizing solutions and implementation. Kevin will focus on ways to integrate beneficial and attractive native plantings and how to use low impact techniques to create a beautiful […]