After assessing the site RIWPS member Sherry Dzamba put together a list of species which would be appropriate. As with the pollinator garden in Cumberland, the species chosen were selected from Robert Gegear’s list of local species favored by our native bees. Plants were donated by RIWPS from the inventory in Portsmouth as well as plants donated by Peggy Buttenbaum, Linda McDaniel and Sherry. The three RIWPS members and Aaron spent a day planting.
The park is located on (5) acres of land which was the original settlement of Providence in 1636.The garden is located on the section of Smith Street between North Main Street and Canal Street. We expect a colorful display from spring to fall.
What you can do to support native bee pollinators in your landscape. Video recording of the October 2019 Lisa Loftland Gould Lecture by Dr. Gegear. Native Plant list by bee tongue length.
Thanks to Dr. Steve Alm, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology, students are conducting important research on native bees. Most recently is the work to survey bumble bees in Rhode Island. They are looking for citizens scientists to help collect data. Please see the flyer.