2010-01-07 / About Town

Wild Plant Society sponsors lectures

The R.I. Wild Plant Society will sponsor two upcoming lectures that may be of interest to island gardeners.

On Saturday, Jan. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the South Kingstown Land Trust Barn at 17 Matunuck Beach Rd. in South Kingstown, Dr. Rebecca Brown, assistant professor in the dept. of plant sciences at URI will present “Survival of the Fittest: Native and naturalized grasses in high-stress environments.”

This free talk will cover the different stresses these plants encounter and why in some cases, native plants are the best adapted and in other cases, introduced plants out-compete the natives.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Portsmouth Library at 2658 East Main Rd. in Portsmouth, Marty Fisher will present “Seed Propagation of Native Perennials: A Lecture and Demonstration.”

The event will cover ways to prepare the seed, soils to use and the care and transplanting of delicate seedlings. Fisher had a native plant nursery in Colorado, and grew wildflowers for the retail and wholesale trade. Visit www.riwps.org for more information.

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