RIWPS Vice President Sally Johnson affirms the value meadows over lawns

In a recent article in EcoRI that championed the merits of planting meadows vs lawns in the home landscape, Sally Johnson noted the increasing tendency by the public to consider the ecological value of the plants in their gardens.  Read Transforming Lawn into Meadow Benefits Everyone: ‘Your Garden Comes to Life by Cynthia Drummond, EcoRI news, February 21, 2022

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society sponsors pollinator garden at Kelly House Museum

LINCOLN – Walkers and cyclists will have something new to see as they pass by the Kelly House Museum in Lincoln after members of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society planted more than 160 native plants in a new pollinator garden at the site last Friday morning.


Beechwood Lecture – Life in the Soil – PROGRAM CANCELLED

We are canceling this program and hope to reschedule it when the conditions for gathering together make more sense.  

Organic Worm Composting

Monique Bosch from Wiggle Room Organic Worm Composting will describe how worm composing can help you grow the healthiest plants this season.  She’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 Connecticut and Rhode Island. Current projects include creating an edible campus at a local community college and working with teens to build a regenerative community farm.

The Beechwood Lecture Series is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardeners Program and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending. The lectures are offered to the public free of charge.

If interested in attending, please contact Rayna Wilcox, Volunteer/Program Coordinator, at The Beechwood Center for Life Enrichment at 401-268-1594; or email her at:

Location: Beechwood Center, 44 Beach Street; North Kingstown, RI 02852

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Our upcoming 2020 Lectures 

5/20/20           Ecosystem Gardening with Native Plants: Karen Asher, RI Wild Plan Society

7/15/20            Capturing the Native Garden in Art: Frances Topping, Artist and Illustrator

9/16/20            Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative & Sustainable Agriculture: Cassius & Dawn Spears

11/18/20          Detecting & Treating Plant Pathogens: Heather Faubert, University of Rhode Island