Beechwood Lecture: Rhode Island BioBlitz (Cancelled)

Beechwood Center 44 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI

All Master Gardener indoor programs have been called through March 1. The program will be rescheduled. Community-Based Science and the Biodiversity in Our Backyards Even in Rhode Island, the plainest pieces of land can be home to a thousand species of animal and plant.  BioBlitz is an effort by volunteers to count as many species as […]

Book Discussion: Entangled Life (Member Event)


Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures Come join us in a discussion of the fascinating book, Entangled Life, by Merlin Sheldrake on February 27, 2022 at 2 PM. Entangled Life comes to us from the award-winning author and biologist, Merlin Sheldrake, who beautifully shares his love of […]

Annual Meeting: Lecture – Ecotypes, Ecoregions & Ecological Restoration

URI Pharmacy Building, Room 170 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI

Fortifying the Living Seed Bank Native plants are vital to restoring our landscape, but where are we getting our plants from? Join us for a talk by Sefra Alexandra about the The Ecotype Project. Learn how this project has created a model for native plants material development utilizing the ecoregional framework to ensure we are- […]

Welcome Spring Walk at the Great Swamp WMA

South Kingstown, RI

Round-leaved Sundew, DMcGrady Are there plants in bloom this early in the Spring? We will find out as we stroll along a trail at Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area in South Kingstown. As we will amble along a wetland we hope to see plants of swamps, bogs and open water, such as Chamaedaphne calyculata (Leatherleaf), […]

Book Discussion: Uprooted A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again (Member Event)


Come join us for a discussion of the Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again by Page Dickey on Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 pm. When Page Dickey moved away from her celebrated garden at Duck Hill in upper state New York, she left a landscape she had spent thirty-four years making, nurturing, and loving. […]

First Thursday Botanizing Walk at Lincoln Woods State Park

Lincoln, RI

Welcome to our first walk of the 2022 First Thursday Botanizing series. Forester and long-time RIWPS volunteer Paul Dolan will guide us through an area in Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln, RI. Named in honor of Abraham Lincoln,  Lincoln Woods was part of the Quinsnicket parcel, developed as a woodlot by industrialist and inventor […]


Beechwood Lecture: Ecosystem Gardening with RI Native Plants

Beechwood Center 44 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI

Join Karen Asher to learn how to use native plants to create beautiful, well-balanced and thriving landscapes. Turn your backyard into a bio-diverse refuge for the plants, birds, pollinators and animals that share our planet. This talk will focus on wildflowers for a variety of conditions. Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) with Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria […]

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 […]