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.”
Where there's a will there's a way .... On a steamy August day, the Board of Directors of PBGC found a nice shady spot under a tree, brought their lawn chairs, and had an in-person meeting ... safely distanced of course. Sure beats the Zoom meetings.
Monthly club meetings usually start in April every year ... except not in 2020! Hopefully in-person meetings can begin again soon. But in the meantime, members continue to groom and maintain the club's many community beautification projects in North Kingstown.
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.
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.
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.