About Us

Since its beginning in 1927, Plum Beach Garden Club has been guided by our love of flowers, plants and trees, beautiful gardens and landscapes, birds, butterflies, and bees, and of all the other symbiotic elements of nature.  We have raised awareness of the fragility of our environment by promoting conservation and by sharing our passion and knowledge with others.  Through these efforts, our lives and the lives of those around us have been enriched. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a Class II medium category Garden Club as defined by the National Garden Clubs. This designation limits our membership to 30 – 59 active and associate members.  In addition, we recognize five honorary members for their long-standing dedication to the Club.

History

In the early years, a small group of women from the Plum Beach area of Saunderstown took on extraordinarily ambitious projects for a club of its size.  Their activities included Standard Flower Shows, garden tours, tree plantings, and a plant therapy program for the elderly – all while carrying out their commitment to civic beautification.  Among the first community enrichment projects were the creation of gardens at the former Ladd School, plantings at Smith’s Castle in Wickford and the donation of holiday arrangements for the Old Folks Home in Slocum. Today, we celebrate over 90 years of community service and are proud of the many civic beautification projects we initiated and continue to maintain throughout the local area.  These projects include the design, planting and maintenance of an herb garden at Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, Wickford’s Old Library Park gardens, the Ann Wallau garden in Updike Park and three traffic islands at the intersection of West Main Street and Route 1.  Dedicated in 2009, the award-winning Blue Star Memorial Islands bring year round enjoyment to passers-by and are a living tribute to all our former and active military men and women.  Please visit our “Projects” page for a full list of our current endeavors. Thanks to major fund raising efforts, we have invested over $30,000 in Old Library Park, $50,000 in the Blue Star Memorial Islands and $3,000 at Gilbert Stuart Birthplace.  We wish to thank the community for its continuing support which enables us to maintain these public gardens, initiate new projects, and support other like-minded local and statewide organizations.

2017 Officers

President …………………………… Donna Dufault
1st Vice President ………………. Marion Bartkiewicz
2nd Vice Presidents …………… Martha Parks
Treasurer ………………………….. Ellen Abell
Recording Secretary ……………Sue Colby
Corresponding Secretary …..  Marsha King
Members-at-large ……………..Karen Pizzaruso & Elaine Casey Lemieux

2017 Committee Chairpersons

Awards………………………………..Barbara Dawson
Birds/Conservation………………Carolyn Armington
Brick Sales ………………………….Ellen Abell
Civic Beautification………………Linda Sollitto
Design ………………………………..Diane Devine
Historian/Photographer……….Linda Tammaro
Horticulture…………………………Brenda Johnston
Hospitality……………………………Jocelyn Metivier
Membership…………………………Mariann Callahan
Programs……………………………..Martha Parks
Publicity……………………………….Sharon Pickering
Special Projects ……………………Cynthia Corbridge
Ways and Means……………………Jane Brockway
Webmaster …………………………..Kathy Barrette
Yearbook ……………………………..Gail Stokes
Youth Education……………………Donnalee Fronce

Memberships

Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society

RI Tree Council 

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce