Annual Meeting & Lecture – Lecture Cancelled. Business items to be sent to members.

For the safety of all at this time RIWPS has  cancelled our in person Annual Meeting on March 28th.  We plan to invite the speaker, Dr. Susan Barton, to speak at our fall meeting. 

NOTE TO MEMBERS:  The Annual Meeting is our yearly business meeting at which we vote for board members and officers, present the annual budget, announce volunteer awards, and present the grant awards. In lieu of the meeting this year we will send out the Annual Report to all members, which includes the above. There will be a mechanism to vote on the Nominating Committee report for the board members and officers. Please vote – ask if you have questions and we will respond – but please vote.

Thank you for your support of RIWPS. Even in these trying times our mission remains important and we need to keep that focus in mind.

Enhancing Delaware Highways: Lessons from the Roadside

A 20-year project with the Delaware Department of Transportation has provided experiences with using native plants in stressful situations.  The lessons learned in planting and editing roadsides can be applied to a variety of landscapes. This talk by Professor Sue Barton, from University of Delaware, Plant and Soil Science Department, will illustrate strategies for managing landscapes sustainably and provide guidelines for promoting native plants and combating invasive plants in public and private spaces.

Landscapes. Highway, 50+ community landscape and private residence landscape

3 landscape projects – Delaware Highway, Private Residence, Fifty + Community

Dr. Barton has worked closely for the past 20 years with DelDOT to research and implement new roadside vegetation management strategies.  She has also worked with partners to develop the Plants for a Livable Delaware Program, designed to provide alternatives to known invasive plants species and to promote sustainable landscaping.  She teaches Plants and Human Culture, Farm to Table, Field Sketching of Landscape Subjects, Landscape Architecture Symposium and coordinates the Landscape Horticulture Internship.  She also works closely with the nursery and landscape industry, writing newsletters, organizing short courses and conducting horticulture industry expos with the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association.  Susan received the Nursery Extension Award in 1995 from the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Ratledge Award for service from the University of Delaware in 2007. Susan received her SITES AP certification in summer 2017.  See her blog.


Schedule of Events – All Events are Free & Open to the Public

1:00 to 1:30  — Business Meeting
(Annual Report, Nominations for the Board of Trustees, RIWPS Annual Grant Awards, Volunteer Awards: Lifetime ServiceVolunteer Awards – Kathy Barton & Francis Underwood; Volunteer of the Year – Anne Raver)

1:30 to 2:00 — Refreshments & Fellowship
If your last name begins with the letters A through M please bring refreshments to share.
Seed Starters offering Virginia Bluebells and Trailing Arbutus available for purchase. RIWPS coloring book and RIWPS caps will also be on sale. (cash, check and credit cards accepted)

image of Sue Barton

2:00 to 3:30 — Talk by Sue Barton