The Roger Williams Park Botanical Center has established partnerships with local horticultural associations in order to promote horticultural education to the general public. Through diverse botanical displays, sharing knowledge through our programs, and the collective experience of partner group members, the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center is a top resource in southern New England for providing educational opportunities and information to the public about gardening in all it’s forms.
To learn more about our partner organizations or for questions regarding membership, contact them directly using the information provided below.
() The mission for the BC Education Fund is to help people look more closely at the natural world and be inspired. We aim to enable connections between people and plants to foster a sense of stewardship for nature.
To accomplish this, the BC Education Fund runs a wreath-making workshop and Wreath Sale in December. The profits from the workshop and sale go towards the production of Fairy Garden Days. Fairy Garden Days happens annually during April vacation and the following week. The Botanical Center grounds and greenhouses are transformed by the addition of more than 100 whimsical fairy homes for everyone to enjoy. Any remaining profits from Fairy Garden Days are directed towards botany tours of the RWP Botanical Center for youth. The goal is to raise enough funds to be able to offer free transportation to the RWPBC for select Providence Public School groups.
URI Master Gardeners (http://web.uri.edu/mastergardener/) The mission of the URI Master Gardener Program is to educate citizens in environmentally sound horticulture practices through the dissemination of factual, science-based information. With over 600 trained volunteer educators, the URI Master Gardener Program utilizes the train-the-trainer approach to amplify the impact of Cooperative Extension in Rhode Island and surrounding areas. Through demonstration gardens and educational services, URI Master Gardeners connect the resources and knowledge base of the Land Grant University system to the people who need them.
The Master Gardeners also run the “Ask a Master Gardener Kiosk” on the first Saturday of every month. This kiosk is an information booth where trained URI Master Gardeners answer questions from residential gardeners. The goal is to connect people to the resources of URI Extension and provide factsheets on science-based horticultural topics.
Rhode Island Rose Society (http://www.rirs.org/) The Rhode Island Rose Society is a non-profit organization that provides labor and expertise to help maintain the Victorian Rose Garden. The Rhode Island Rose Society chooses the varieties planted and helps maintain the garden in cooperation with Roger Williams Park. The Roger Williams Park Victorian Rose Garden was restored and replanted in spring of 1999. The original Victorian woodwork of the gazebo and arches were also repaired and repainted.
Rhode Island Orchid Society (http://www.riorchidsociety.org/) Meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month at 10:30 AM at the Botanical Garden Center in Roger Williams Park. Details are in the calendar on the home page. Meetings are generally held in the old classroom between the greenhouses and the road in the cinder block building.
() The American Begonia Society is a horticultural society devoted to the promotion, cultivation, and study of begonias (plant family Begoniaceae). Begoniaceae is one of the largest flowering plant families with about 1500 different species and hundreds of hybrids. Mature begonia plant sizes range from a mere few inches high to over 12 feet high. The range of begonia flowers, foliage colors and sizes are incredibly diverse, and spectacular. The Rhode Island Begonia Society manages our small space reserved for begonias.