Monarch caterpillar


This August the Civic Beautification Committee teams have been treated to the companyof an additional worker… a monarch butterfly larva enjoying the plants at the Triangle.






August 4, 2019 Cocktail Party at the Home of Donna Pilkington


Donna Pilkington hosted the summer cocktail party of members of the Little Compton Garden Club and the Sogkonate Garden Club in her beautiful garden.


It was a great opportunity for members of both groups to meet, exchange ideas and enjoy a summer evening together.





Eighth Grade Prom 2019

On June 17 members of the Sogkonate Garden Club created floral arrangements with Eighth Grade students at the Wilbur & McMahon School for their 8th Grade Graduation Prom. Flowers were donated from Club members’ gardens, and arrangements were used as centerpieces for the
dance. Club member Carolyn Montgomery organized this yearly event.
Members’ Garden Tour 2019

On June 5, Garden Club members toured four gardens created and/or maintained by our own members.





The group started at the Laurel Acres Farm, a large organic no till vegetable, fruit and herb garden tended by Rikky and Roger Laberge. They grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruit which they share with the food pantries.


The next stop was at Holly Glade, a large beautiful garden with a mix of sun and shade plants lovingly maintained by Claire Johnson and her husband, Steve.




The Meadow Project created in 2017 by members of the Horticulture Committee was the next stop. The plants in the meadow have grown back and are looking healthy. It is a very attractive spot for walkers who are making their way to the Dundery Brook Trail near by.



Finally, the group stopped at Ashley Sparks’ garden who moved to a historic house two years ago and is starting to discover all the garden treasures left by previous owners.






Memorial Day Parade 2019

Sogkonate Garden Club members marching in the Little Compton Memorial Day Parade.


Blossoms and Sweets 2019

Mother Nature was definitely on our side 0n May 25 when Sogkonate Garden Club members held their annual Blossoms and Sweets event.

Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs’ New President installed

Sogkonate Garden Club members attended the 2019 Spring meeting/luncheon of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs.  Congratulations to Deb Ort, a former Sogkonate Garden Club president, who was installed as the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs’ President at this meeting.






“Lydia the Limulus” Helps Teach the History of the Horseshoe Crab

The Sogkonate Garden Club recently sponsored a program for the Kindergarten students of Wilbur & McMahon School.  The program “Lydia the Limulus” (Lydia is a 3 foot replica of a horseshoe crab) was presented by the Lloyd Center.  habitat and to respect all creatures. 

Students discovered through hands on learning, the history of the horseshoe crab with an informal introduction to basic taxonomy. They also learned the proper way to observe and handle crabs when they come upon them in their natural  habitat and to respect all creatures.




Sogkonate Garden Club Exhibits Local School Children’s Bird Feeders at the RI Federation of Garden Clubs Flower Show

Local school children’s bird feeders shown in the flower show’s youth division.


The Memory of Trees & Insights on the Ecology of Forest
On March 30, at the annual meeting of the RI Wild Plant Society Neil Pederson, senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest discussed how forests in the northeastern U.S. will respond to a hotter climate. The simple answer to this question is that it is not completely obvious. Through the use of the growth rings of trees, a synthesis of observations regarding tree mortality, and model experiments,  he  discussed what is known about the resiliency of trees, how climate has impacted trees and forests in the past, and how they might respond to future climatic change.

Grow a Meadow Large or Small
Landscape designer, speaker and writer, Kathleen Connolly, will lead an all-day intensive meadow seminar at the Mosesian Center in Watertown, MA, on April 13.

A native meadow is an ecologically vibrant landscape, providing food and habitat to native pollinators and other wildlife. The deep, undisturbed roots of mature meadow plants capture and store carbon. Meadows rarely need visits from lawnmowers or leaf-blowers, thus reducing air pollution and neighborhood noise.
But meadows are not simply lawns or perennial beds gone wild. Understanding why meadows are different is critical to success. At this intensive seminar, we’ll discuss the definition of a meadow, site selection and preparation, the relationship of grasses and flowering species, and maintenance protocols. Class enrollment includes extensive plant lists and design resources.

For additional information and to register, visit Kathleen Connolly’s web site

First Grade Seedling Project

The Greenhouse Six Weeks Project with First Grade students is conducted every Spring at the Wilbur and McMahon Schools.  First graders, teachers and Garden Club members look forward to this fun activity.



Students germinate seeds and transplant seedlings.

 Students also learn how to identify common herbs and take samples of them home along with their potted plants.








Helena Brousseau


Carolyn Montgomery and Pat McCarthy recently celebrated the 100th birthday of Helena Brousseau by offering her a beautiful orchid. Helena was a founding member of the Sogkonate Garden Club and instrumental in its development and involvement in the community.





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.  


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.

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

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  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