RIWPS Botanizing Walk at Neutaconkanut Hill Park

On Thursday, October 4, about 16 enthusiastic RIWPS members and friends joined Joe Jamroz, advisory board member for the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy, to enjoy spectacular views of Providence at Neutaconkanut Hill Park. Neutaconkanut by the way, means home of squirrels.

Rising nearly 300 feet above Narragansett Bay, this naturally forested park is situated in the heart of the most densely populated area of Providence. The park’s 88 acres include a well-maintained trail system, brooks, ravines, meadows, glacial boulders and a thick forest of oaks and hickory.

Some of the interesting plants we saw along the way were feathery false Solomon’s-seal (Maianthemum racemosum), white goldenrod (Solidago bicolor), wreath goldenrod (Solidago caesia) and a large variety of ferns and trees. One plant that was quite prevalent was American shinleaf or Round-leaf pyrola (Pyrola americana). In fact, I’ve never seen that many shinleaf plants anywhere else in RI. I plan to return in the spring to see what other wildflowers may be in bloom. A special shout out to Sandra Jacobi for putting together a list of all the plants in the park. We actually found a few that were not on her list, so that list is still a work in progress. A great time was had by all.

Join last RIWPS’ botanizing walk of the 2018 Season in November at the Arcadia Management Area

Story and photos by Karen Asher.

Karen is former RIWPS president who writes and lecturers on native plants.