Tour Kettle Pond Native Plant Garden

Kettle Pond Visitors Center 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI

Enjoy the beauty! Dave Vissoe, the leader of the Kettle Pond Garden project at the US Fish and Wildlife Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown, will guide you around this garden composed entirely of locally sourced native plants. Eighty five percent of the plants, shrubs, grasses and vines came from the Rhode Native™ initiative, a […]

Attracting Bees & Beneficial Insects with Native Plants (Member Event)


Award-winning author, biologist and pollinator conservationist Heather Holm will join us for an online talk about attracting bees and beneficial insects with native plants followed by a Q&A session. Her books include Pollinators of Native Plants (2014), Bees (2017), which won six book awards including the 2018 American Horticultural Society Book Award, and the most recently published, Wasps (February 2021). Heather will […]

Beavers Matter (Walk for Members)

Cumberland, RI

NEW date for this walk that has been cancelled twice due to poor weather! A beaver pond, W Greenwich, RI (photo DMcgrady) Mike Boday, Vice President of the Cumberland Land Trust, will lead a beaver walk through a small section of the 170 acres of woods and marshland, just off the Nate Whipple Highway, in […]

Beechwood Lecture: Capturing the Native Garden in Art

Beechwood Center 44 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI

Journal Sketch, Frances Topping The Beechwood Lecture Series returns!  The first speaker in this 2021 series, offered jointly by the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society and University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program is Frances Topping, naturalist, artist and educator. She will focus on why nature journaling and sketching are perfect for naturalists and gardeners […]

RIWPS Fall Native Plant Sale 2021

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston

Find us at the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market on August 28, 2021.  The market is open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Take advantage of the fall planting season. We will have over 1,000 native plants and will be featuring fall bloomers. Come early for the best selection. Bring a friend. Bring a wagon. More […]

Cancelled: First (well actually the second)Thursday Botanizing Walk, Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge

Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge 2082 Victory Highway, Coventry, RI

Please note.  This walk has been cancelled. We have moved this walk to the second Thursday of the month to avoid being too close to Labor Day Weekend! Late summer is a great time to visit Audubon's Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge. The late Rhode Island artist Maxwell Mays donated over 295 acres of diverse wildlife […]

Wild Garden Party – Live (RIWPS member event)

Riverside, RI

Solidago sempervirens (seaside goldenrod), GGardner Let’s get together in the garden to talk about goldenrods, asters, and the glory of native plants in fall.  Join us in Riverside, RI in the garden of RIWPS member Sally Johnson. It will be nice to see fellow wild gardeners.   (Light refreshment will be provided.) A reminder email […]

Walking Tour: New Native Plant Projects, Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge 1040 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, South Kingstown 02879

Learn about the new native plant garden and the work at restoration sites at Trustom Pond NWR, a 787-acre refuge in South Kingstown, that protects the state's only undeveloped salt pond. September 17 will mark the first anniversary of the groundbreaking for the garden, a URI Master Gardener Program project in partnership with the USFWS. Thirty […]

Workshop: Become a Citizen Scientist for the Bumblebees

Wakefield, RI

Join Dr. Robert J. Gegear from UMASS Dartmouth for a workshop on what you can do to maximize biodiversity conservation in your own backyard by creating and sustaining pollination systems at risk of local extinction. Dr. Gegear, who spoke at the Lisa Lofland Gould Lecture in the fall of 2019 about his research on the […]

First Thursday Botanizing Walk, Swan Point Cemetery

Swan Point Cemetery, Providence 585 Blackstone Blvd, Providence

Note:  This walk was originally planned for August but was cancelled at that time due to heavy rain. Swan Point, a 200-acre historic garden cemetery in Providence, was established in 1847 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.  Kelly M. Perry, Director of Horticulture, Greenhouse Operations and Educational Outreach at Swan Point […]

Beechwood Lecture: Life in the Soil

Beechwood Center 44 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI

Worm Composting Join Monique Bosch from Wiggle Room - Organic Worm Composting to learn how worm composing can help you grow the healthiest plants this season.  We’ll explore ‘living soil’, what it looks like, how to make it, and how to harness its goodness.  A step-by-step instruction will be given for those interested in starting […]