Our Projects
Old Library Park

The beautiful park in the center of Historic Wickford has long been a project of Plum Beach Garden Club.

 

First dedicated in 1985 ...

 

In the early 1980’s, it was a forlorn vacant lot next to the old Library on Brown Street.  The North Kingstown Planning Department invited PBGC to submit plans for beautifying this high-profile location, and together they worked to create a more inviting public space.  It was completed and dedicated in 1985. 

 

Renovated and re-dedicated in 2003...

 

By 2000, the Park needed a rejuvenation, so the Club went to work again to raise the funds necessary – more than $30,000.  The renovation was completed and dedicated in 2003. 

"The Readers"  ...

Be sure to visit this whimsical bronze statue -- purchased and installed by PBGC in 2005.

Throughout each year, Club members weed, prune, plant and care for this park enjoyed by so many.

The sale of custom engraved bricks in the walk has been a major source of fund raising for PBGC since 1997.

Gilbert Stuart Herb Garden
Blue Star Memorial Islands

For decades, Plum Beach Garden Club has been tending this treasure at Gilbert Stuart’s birthplace. In 2003, more than $3,000 was raised by PBGC to renovate and expand this recreation of an18th century herb garden.

Youth Education

Members of PBGC visit elementary students at local  schools to explain the importance of monarch butterflies as pollinators.

 

Together they have planted milkweed gardens.The undersides of milkweed leaves are the only place monarchs lay their eggs. Which is why milkweed is essential to the existence of monarch butterflies.  

 

Pollinator Rescue Project
Anne Wallau Garden

Plum Beach Garden Club, in partnership with Pollinator Rescue Project RI, began the creation of a Pollinator Habitat at Casey Farm 2016.  All are invited to visit this garden that is part of the mission to educate and demonstrate how pollinator friendly gardens can be established on any scale.

Pollinator Rescue Project RI is a collaboration

of organizations dedicated to protecting and encouraging the proliferation of pollinator species that are endangered.  Members 

include Plum Beach Garden Club, North Kingstown Water Dept.,N.K. Groundwater Committee, Casey Farm/Historic New England, Rhode Island Wild Plant Society and Blue Moon Farm Perennials. 

     The three traffic islands at the intersection of Route 1 and West Main Street are considered the “Gateway to Wickford Village”. 

      Plum Beach Garden Club spent four years working to get state and local approvals to beautify this high-profile location.      They planned and designed the space, and raised $50,000 to accomplish this project. The Club was able to replicate the beautiful Welcome to Wickford sign thanks to a generous donation of $6,000 from the Wickford Historical Society. 

      In 2009 the efforts of this major project were rewarded when it was designated and dedicated as a Blue Star 

Memorial By-Way. 

      Blue Star Memorial markers are part of a nationwide network honoring our country’s Armed Forces, a program started by National Garden Clubs after WWII. 

      This is a RIDOT Adopt-A-Spot location. 

Copy of the Senate Resolution in 2009 honoring the

Plum Beach Garden Club for this project.

Daffodil Project

     In the Fall of 2016, the PBGC planted hundreds of daffodils to kick off a new community beautification 

project.

     Since then, 15,575 daffodils have been planted all around town. 

PBGC makes annual donations to:

RIFGC, Inc, Life Member Group

North Kingstown Food Pantry 

Gilbert Stuart Herb Garden

Anne Wallau Garden at Updike Park
Blue Star Memorial Islands

The charming garden in

the corner of Updike Park

in Wickford was funded

by Anne’s friends and

family in her memory.

Plum Beach Garden Club

members planned and

planted the garden in

1996, and continue to

maintain it.

Hussey Bridge Garden

     In November 2017, after a year of planning, members of Plum Beach Garden Club started work on one of their newest project - the Hussey Bridge Garden at the corner of Brown Street.

 

     A thoughtful landscape plan for this very visible corner was created by Linda Oliver Hughes, and the project will continue to be shepherded by Donnalee Fronce. This is a RIDOT Adopt-A-Spot location.

Historic Wickford Sign

Members coordinated the refurbishing of the Historic Wickford sign near the old Town Hall on Route 1A, and maintain the landscaping around the sign.  This was one of the first locations that benefited from the Daffodil Project in 2016.

Nursing Home Project

PBGC members visit local nursing homes during the year to

help the residents create flower arrangements for their rooms.  

North Kingstown Food Pantry

In 2015, club members

coordinated the design and

installation of new landscaping

at the Food Pantry. Members

help maintain the gardens, and bought a lawn mower for this worthy organization.  Every year PBGC members individually contribute money at the holiday season to the Food Pantry, and PBGC matches their contributions.

Meals on Wheels

Members create flower arrangements that are delivered with Meals on Wheels to celebrate seasons and holidays.

 

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