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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Would you like to find out how birds survive the winter? Would you like some help identifying a bird? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has answers for you! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Their hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. 

The section of the website All About Birds offers an online guide to birds and bird watching with fascinating articles and research projects.  

 

URI Garden Symposium 

Explore New Paths to Gardening – The annual gardener program symposium will take place March 2, 2019, 8:30-4:00 PM at URI Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences.  The event will feature three educational sessions, a panel discussion with all three speakers , and a garden marketplace with exhibitors and vendors.  

To register and for more information go to:  http://uri.edu/mastergardener

 

Little Compton Memorial Wall

The Memorial Wall was a project of the Sogkonate Garden Club which was started in 1999.  Each foot of wall was given in memory of a loved one and was sold for $25 per foot.  Funds were raised and the wall was built and dedicated on Memorial Day 2000.  

However when the new playing fieland walking path was built, it was necessary to take down the west end of the wall and for nearly four years there was a huge pile of rocks left on Veteran’s Field.  In late December of this past year, a contract was awarded and the work began to rebuild the wall along Meeting House Lane.

Environmental Movie Series

The Sakonnet Preservation Association is excited to host a monthly series of movies focusing on the environment.  Winged Migration, A Plastic Ocean, Jane and The Gardener will be showing January through April at 7 pm at the Little Compton Community Center.  For detailed information, go to the educational programs’ section of the Association’s web site: sakonnetpreservation.org/educational-programs/

Tree Spree


The Sogkonate Garden Club participates in the town’ Tree Spree, the proceeds of which go towards college scholarships for local students. The Club’s theme which focuses on “becoming an ecological gardener” was reflected in the decorations and presents contributed by members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixth Graders’ Wreaths Making

On November 27, the Wilbur & McMahon Schools sixth graders and assembled wreaths to decorate the center of town during the holidays. This event is jointly organized and sponsored by members of the Little Compton Garden Club and the Sogkonate Garden Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Graders’ Floral Arrangements

 

 

That afternoon the third graders had a lot of fun making holiday floral arrangements with the help of Sogkonate Garden Club members.

Floral Design Workshop

Candace Morgenstern guided members of the Sogkonate Garden Club in the designing of beautiful floral arrangements at the November 13 meeting.
Photos by Carolyn Montgomery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Fall Cleanup

Despite the drizzly damp weather on November 10, 19 members of the Sogkonate Garden Club cleaned up the Brownell Rose and Perennial gardens at the Brownell House on the Commons and the Burchard Triangle on West Main Road, preparing the gardens for their winter rest. Some of the members who volunteered are left to right:  Janet Jagger, Jean Sunny, Joyce Dunagan, Roberta Shaw, Marty Fisher, and Mary Hinrichson.

Photo by Club Vice-President, Sue Talbot.

 

 

2017-2018 Awards

The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. presented the Sogkonate Garden Club with the following awards:

  • The Portsmouth Garden Club Memorial Award for Litter Control
  • The Website Award for our professional and informative website that is easy to navigate

The National Garden Clubs, Inc. presented the Sogkonate Garden Club with the following awards:

  • First Place for Social Media/Website
  • First Place for Litter/Recycling/Reclamation (Harriet Thomas Award)
  • Pamela E. Hebert Garden of Youth Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation for our Archive of Memorials and Remembrances

Sustaining Healthy Local Trees

On October 3, tree experts John Campanini, Technical Advisor for the RI Tree Council, Little Compton Tree Warden, Jason Burchard, and Lease Plimpton of the Little Compton Tree Committee gave a presentation  at the Community Center.

They discussed the care and health of trees in our area, and the importance of maintaining a wide variety of trees.

 

International Coastal Cleanup

Members of the Sogkonate Garden Club participated in the International Coastal Cleanup Day held on September 15. Members collected litter and recorded their findings on data sheets, which were tallied and analyzed by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Ocean Conservancy. Trash collected totaled 1,539 pounds in 68 bags. The biggest increase in trash type over last year was lobster pots; the largest decrease was in cigarette butts.

 

August 5 Cocktail Party at the Home of Ann Beardsley and Jim McGlynn

Members of the Garden Club celebrated the summer in the beautiful garden of Ann Beardsley and Jim McGlynn.

 

 

Everyone had a great evening, enjoying each other’s company, great hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bees, Other Pollinators and Safe Pest Control by Granger & Chris Jerome

At the August 2 meeting, Granger and Chris Jerome discussed the role of various types of pollinators: bees, bats, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

They explained how insecticide spraying and other factors are affecting bees, making them more vulnerable and leading to their extinction. In spite of these challenges, Granger and Chris continue to keep honey bees and produce honey and other related products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 18 Party for the Two Little Compton Garden Clubs

Members of the Little Compton Garden Club and the Sogkonate Garden Club held a joint party at the home of Little Compton Garden Club President, Julie McGreoch, to celebrate the summer.  

In addition to enjoying good company, food and drinks, guests were invited to create floral designs which were judged by Club members. Congratulations to the winners: Roger Laberge, Mike Steers, Peter Aldrich, and Lucia Palmer. Lots of fun and cheers for all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 5 Firefly Program with Audubon Naturalist, Kim Calcagno


 

During this fascinating presentation, participants learned about how fireflies use their flickering lights to communicate and how they can be identified during the day.

 

 

 

 

 

June 6, 2018 lunch & flower arranging with Janice Panoff


 

Current and past presidents in attendance: Carolyn Montgomery, Mary Marra, Shirley Hardison, Deb Ort and Bordie Edwards

 

Beautiful flower arrangements were created under the guidance of Janice Panoff, PP SC Garden Club & RI Federation of Garden Clubs.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Compton Community Center’s After School Club, June 2018

 

On Wednesday, June 13, the Sogkonate Garden Club presented awards and certificates of recognition to the participants of the Little Compton Community Center’s After School Club.

 

The children were recognized for their participation in the poster, sculpture and poetry contests sponsored by the National Garden Club, Inc. The poems of three students, Alaina Moniz-grade 3; Kaia Brown-grade 2 and Sennett Nixon-Kindergarten were published in the 2018 National Garden Club’s booklet “Conversation With A Plant”.

 

 

 

 

 

Field Trip to Wicked Tulips, May 2018


Club members enjoyed a beautiful sunny day walking through the tulip fields of this historic farm located in Johnston, RI.

 

 

 

Tulips were at their prime, enabling us to experience the sights and smells of spring in RI.

 

Caterpillar Update, May 2018
The URI Cooperative Extension provides non-formal education and learning opportunities to people throughout the United States — to farmers and other residents of rural communities as well as to people living in urban areas. It emphasizes taking knowledge gained through research and education. It recently announced that there are much fewerwinter moths caterpillars this year. “Check apple and blueberry flower buds now to see if an insecticide spray is warranted to protect your crop. You will probably need a magnifying glass. Best Management Practices for Nova Scotia Apple Production manual recommends an insecticide application when more than 10% of flower buds contain winter moth caterpillars. Now is a perfect time to scout apple and blueberry flower buds. Caterpillars are still small and difficult to see; so it is easiest to find evidence of caterpillars by looking for “frass” – insect poop. If you find more than 10% of flower buds with winter moth frass or caterpillars, consider applying an insecticide such as Bt (DiPel, Thuricide), spinosad (Delegate, Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew, Entrust) or another insecticide such as Imidan or Malathion. Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) insecticides is an excellent choice because it kills only caterpillars and is not harmful to bees. URI’s orchard was sprayed with Bt on Sunday and winter moth control has been excellent.”
To subscribe to updates on caterpillar and other topics, check the web site or contact Heather Faubert at coopext@uri.edu

RI Recycling Tips


For detailed and up to date information on recycling in RI, consult the web site of the RI Resource Recovery Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goosewing Thickets April 2018

Following Scott McWilliams’ talk on the importance of native fruit-bearing shrubs to migratory songbirds, we put his message to work at the Conservancy’s Goosewing Beach Preserve, taking the first step toward rejuvenating and restoring hedgerows and field edges there, on what is arguably Little Compton’s most spectacular hillside above the sea.
Its fields now managed for migratory birds and butterflies, the stone boundary walls at Goosewing have been allowed to express their disposition for plant growth, and now sport some excellent stands of arrowwood viburnum, winterberry holly, bayberry, and even shadbush amid a tangle of invasive bittersweet and multiflora rose.
A sunny Saturday morning in April was the time for getting up close and very personal with this pastoral landscape feature of fields enclosed by hedgerows and stone walls.
Armed with nothing more than loppers, pruning saws and a pole pruner, we attacked the invaders at their point of ground contact, leaving their remainders to wither in the wind. Some notable arrowwoods were treated to a full ‘thatching’ treatment whereby they came to stand proud and tall, free at last from the stranglehold. Not truly invasive but capable of smothering their unfortunate host, we did some pruning to redirect grapevines from trees worth saving, too.
It is certain we could not save every plant worth nurturing, but we made admirable progress in a very short time, liberating some mature thickets and trees we could never afford to replace. In time, these will grow stronger to provide more shelter to more birds. We did not disturb the soil either, or its attendant wildlife.
It is just as certain that this singular effort will not cure the invasion, and that future measures will be needed in future years if the desirable natives are to stay out front. For now, we decided to return to enjoy the fruits of this effort with a return visit to ‘our’ arrowwoods in June, when we expect to see them in full bloom.
See you there!
Yours truly,
John Berg
The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island

 

Memorials and Remembrances in Little Compton
The Sogkonate Garden Club has produced “An Archive of Memorials & Remembrances in Little Compton”. Over 148 individuals and 35 memorial sites are listed as well as the poem, “Our Town” written by Ian M. Walker, father of Coll Walker. The project started when someone suggested a tree be removed at Wilbur & McMahon School. Fortunately, another person remembered it was a memorial planting. Thus, the quest for information began. Researchers were Mary Marra, Carolyn Montgomery, Barbara Passmore, and Caroline Wilkie, design assistant was Joyce Dunagan.
To view the booklet, click on the links below:
Cover of Archive of Memorials & Remembrances
Archive of Memorials & Remembrances in Little Compton, RI
No project is completely accurate despite hours of research. There will be omissions and errors. For additions, corrections, or comments email the club at Sogkonate@Cox.net.  Copies can be obtained at the Brownell Library and Little Compton Town Hall. There is no charge.

Scholarships – RIFGC Life Member Group
Founded in 1956, the Life Member Group’s mission is to develop scholarship funds for students enrolled in accredited collegiate programs in horticulture, landscape design, environmental science and related subjects.  Scholars must live within the areas served by the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., and be in good standing as students in their junior, senior or post graduate years. The first scholarship was awarded in 1957.
The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs is a Member of the National Garden Clubs which also awards scholarships. All applicants for the Life Member Group Scholarship are strongly encouraged to also complete the application/information forms for the National Garden Club $3,500 Scholarship. One Rhode Island applicant will be selected from this year’s Life Member Group application pool to compete for a National Garden Club Scholarship.

Scholarships are restricted to legal residents of R.I. and nearby Massachusetts. Please note that the student may attend any accredited college/university in the United States. College sophomores through graduate students are eligible to apply. Scholarships, based on need and academic standing, will be given to outstanding students majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, botany, plant pathology, forestry, agronomy, environmental concerns, city planning, land management and/or allied subjects.  A 3.0 GPA or higher is required.

Click on the link below to view the