Janet White, a very active volunteer in the early years of RIWPS, died on May 22, 2022. Janet’s 30 plus years of membership began the 1987, the year RIWPS was founded. Professional and practical, Jane chaired the Financial Committee and along with Helen Lusi was responsible for the Conservation Education Fund which allowed elementary school children to participate in Audubon programs and events and also provided posters of Rhode Island wild plants to elementary schools across the state. Janet was influential in the plants sales both volunteering her time and plantings from her garden. In addition to leading walks, Janet is remembered for inviting RIWPS members to enjoy her own lovingly tended garden.
Margaret (Johnny) Stone
Johnny Stone, one of RIPWS founding members died on June 2, 2022. As noted in History of RIWPS by Mary E Finger, “Sometime in the early spring of 1986 a congenial group gathered in the cook house at the Audubon Eppley Refuge for a workshop in wild-plant gardening offered by Lisa Gould and Doris Anthony. Those present that day were Marnie Lacouture, Nancy Magendantz, Martha Marshall, Betty Salomon, and Johnny Stone.” Johnny agreed to serve on the first board and continued in this role until 1991. She is remembered as a person who lived and breathed plants. She patiently shared her knowledge and was always ready to give a hand to anyone interested in good plants. Quiet and soft spoken, Johnny volunteered at plant sales, and in numerous informal capacities as she was always ready to do whatever needed to be done. Johnny truly was influential in shaping the culture of RIWPS.