Wickford residents Joyce and Dan Cushman are recipients of the Plum Beach Garden Club Award of Excellence for their beautiful gardens. PBGC President Kathleen Romeo, right, presented the award.
Joyce describes her design approach as whimsical surprises and beautiful flowers all around the gardens. "If it’s pretty and needs a home I just can’t say no.”
Plum Beach Garden Club has been awarded a $1,500 legislative grant from the state of Rhode Island.
Representative Robert Craven sponsored the grant and was on hand to congratulate PBGC President Kathleen Romeo, right, and club Treasurer Barbara Dawson in Wickford’s Old Library Park, one of the many gardens the club maintains.
The grant will help defray maintenance costs for the three Blue Star Memorial islands located at the “Gateway to Wickford.” The national award-winning islands are just one of the club’s many community beautification projects.
Dr. Susan Kelly and her husband Paul Dean are recipients of Plum Beach Garden Club's Award of Excellence for making a prominent corner enjoyable for passersby. PBGC President Kathleen Romeo presented the award. Dogwoods and a Stewartia tree, Limelight hydrangeas, spirea, catmint, lilies and grasses ring the space, creating an eye-catching natural border.
The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs has recognized PBGC with the YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for the program about Monarch butterflies that the Youth Education Committee has been bringing to second graders since 2016.
Students at Stony Lane, Hamilton, Forest Park, Quidnessett, and Fishing Cove have learned about the plight of the Monarch butterfly, it’s importance as a pollinator, and how milkweed is essential to its survival … and they enjoyed planting milkweed gardens to do their part in saving the Monarch.
Plum Beach Garden Club has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the North Kingstown Town Council. Council President Greg Mancini was on hand to congratulate PBGC President Kathleen Romeo, center, and Linda Sollitto, Civic Beautification Chair, at the Welcome to Wickford sign, one of the many gardens the club maintains. The grant will help defray maintenance costs of the club's many community beautification projects in North Kingstown.