Beechwood Lecture: Life in the Soil

Worm Composting

Join Monique Bosch from Wiggle Room – Organic Worm Composting to learn how worm composing can help you grow the healthiest plants this season.  We’ll explore ‘living soil’, what it looks like, how to make it, and how to harness its goodness.  A step-by-step instruction will be given for those interested in starting this most effective method of composting.

Monique Bosch is trained in landscape design, horticulture and soil biology. She is a community leader, teaching about healthy soil and healthy food. Monique has worked with volunteers to build over 40 edible school and community gardens and farms in CT and RI. Current projects include creating an edible campus at a local community college and working with teens to build a regenerative community farm.

If interested in attending, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator’s Office at The Beechwood Center for Life Enrichment. Call  401-268-1594 or email the office at:

These programs are offered to members and the public at no charge.  Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending.

Beechwood Center is located at 44 Beach Street; North Kingstown, RI 02852  Google Driving Directions

We are also excited to announce our upcoming 2022 Lecture Series!  We have a great group of speakers who will surely prove to be dynamic and educational.  The following is an outline of our upcoming speakers and topics for 2022.  We also hope to see you then!

2/16/22    BioBlitz   David Gregg,Ph.D, Executive Director, RI Natural History Survey

4/20/22    Native Plant Ecology   Karen Asher, RI Wild Plant Society

6/15/22    Detecting and Treating Plant Pathogens   Heather Faubert, URI Dept. of Plant Sciences and Entomology

8/17/22    Creating Pollinator Meadows   TBD

10/29/22  Chestnut Orchard Research Project   Rudi Hempe, URI Master Gardener Program

How Native Plant Cultivars Affect Pollinators – Lisa Lofland Gould Lecture

How Native Plant Cultivars Affect Pollinators

Native plant species are often recommended to provide optimal foraging and nesting habitats for pollinators and other wildlife. The growing demand for native plants, coupled with the horticulture industry’s desire for plants with unique characteristics, has led to the increased breeding and availability of native cultivars or “nativars”. But do native cultivars provide the same valuable habitat as the straight native species? Annie White will share her field research on this topic and discuss the complex benefits and challenges of using both native species and native cultivars in landscape design.

Annie White is an Ecological Landscape Designer and the owner of Nectar Landscape Design Studio in Stowe, Vermont. She is also a full-time Lecturer of Sustainable Landscape Horticulture + Design at the University of Vermont.  Annie earned an MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 2005 and a PhD in Plant & Soil Science from The University of Vermont in 2016. She is passionate about designing cutting-edge and science-based ecological landscapes at all scales—from urban backyards to rural agricultural landscapes.

This lecture is underwritten by the Lisa Lofland Gould Native Plant Program Fund and cosponsored with the Rhode Island Natural History Survey and University of Rhode Island, Master Gardener Program. 


Registration for this webinar is through University of Rhode Island Webex system.  REGISTER NOW