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


2018 First Grade Seed Propagation Program
Since 1999, Club Members have helped the children plant various seeds during the months of March and April. They watch them germinate and transplant the seedlings to pots to take home.



This year, the first graders planted seeds of various types of lettuce, beans, marigolds and nasturtiums.




Cape Orchid Show January 2018
On January 27, several Sogkonate Garden Club members attended the Cape and Islands Orchid Show which is held annually at The Resort & Conference Center of Hyannis. This year’s theme was ‘Orchid as Art’. Here are some pictures of the beautiful orchid displays.



Tree Spree December 3
The Sogkonate Garden Club participates in the Annual Fundraiser for the Scholarship Little Compton Fund. The tree decorations reflect this year’s theme: the Living Landscape for All Creatures.




Wreaths and Holiday Balls Making at the Wilbur and McMahon Schools

Club members help students make wreaths and holiday balls. The wreaths are made by members of both the Sogkonate Garden Club and the Little Compton Garden Club, and are used to decorate various town buildings.




Cutting Greens for Wreath Making
Members from both the Little Compton and Sogkonate Garden Clubs meet to cut and prepare greens for wreath making on the chilly morning of November 27.





Demonstration Native Grass and Wildflower Meadow
Following the “Living Landscape” program presented on June 24th by Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke, the Sogkonate Garden Club decided to use the surplus funds generously contributed by donors to create a “demonstration native grass and wildflower” meadow bed beside the walking path at the new Recreation Center near the entrance to the Dundery Brook Trail at the northeast end of the walking path, near the tennis courts.  Mid-October, a 10 x 30 foot area was plowed under and covered with black silt cloth to overwinter and solarize the vegetation. We hope it will be an informative inspiration for passersby.   The plan for Spring 2018 is to fill the area with 450 plant plugs that will require little or no maintenance as they mature. 

Guided walk of the John C. Whitehead Preserve
On the beautiful sunny morning of October 11th, John Berg who manages the Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island’s community-based land conservation efforts offered a tour of the Dundery Brook trail system. John shared his vast knowledge of the history of the fields, woods and wetlands of this area which stretches from West Main Road to the oak forests by Veteran’s Field over the Bumblebee Farm.

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.
2017 Awards
On April 27, 2017, The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. presented the Sogkonate Garden Club with the following awards: The Bird Award – Sogkonate Garden Club won this award for overall excellent annual school programs and free public speakers. The Jo Macintosh Award for Conservation – Sogkonate Garden Club won this award for their fantastic program, focus on hosting public symposiums and garden tours. This program is a role model (Meadows). The Portsmouth Garden Club Memorial Award for Litter Control – This award was given to Sogkonate Garden Club for their 20+ year commitment to litter control and Earth Day projects with resident participation. Frances M. Poitier Membership Award – given to Sogkonate Garden Club for the greatest increase in dues-paying members. Horticulture Program Award – This award was presented to Sogkonate Garden Club for their informative horticulture program that furthers the goals and objectives of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs and The National Garden Club, Inc. (Mushroom Hunters). Junior Achievement Award – Sogkonate Garden Club won this award for their year round extensive and diverse annual programs for youth in their community. RI Federation Project of Merit Award – For their Stonewall education public program Sogkonate Garden Club was presented this award. Publicity Press Book Award – First prize was presented to Sogkonate Garden Club for their book in the large club category. Certificate of Recognition – for the 40th Anniversary Book Publication

Special Recognition
For their Blue Star Memorial The Little Compton Garden Club presented a Commendation Award from the Garden Club of America to Sogkonate Garden Club for their valuable contribution to our community in promoting garden education, conservation awareness, and town beautification. On October 30, 2017 The National Garden Clubs, Inc., New England Region presented to Sogkonate Garden Club a second place award for their publicity press book. The National Garden Clubs, Inc. Youth Activities Programs presented a certificate of commendation to Little Compton 4th grader Riley Lussier in the Youth Sculpture Contest. The National Garden Clubs, Inc, Youth Activities Programs published the poems written by Little Compton Grade 2 student Alaina Moniz and kindergarten student Jordan Ibbotson in their book “Bees, Butterflies & Me”. The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Club’s, Inc. awarded certificates to the Little Compton Community Center’s After School Club children for their contributions in the Woodsy Owl and Smokey the Bear Poster Contest.

40th Anniversary
In 2015, the Sogkonate Garden Club celebrated its 40th Anniversary.  The photograph shows the founding members who attended the anniversary party.

sog founders

40th Anniversary Bench
SGC was approached by the Town last Fall for advice on several proposed landscaping projects at the Wilbur McMahon School.
The Civic Beautification Committee elected to take on the triangular garden that abuts the new playground – where two original playground structures still stand.
With help from the Town, we cleared the site, pinned down weed barrier, applied a layer of mulch, and planted several native, drought-resistant shrubs donated by Marty and Dick Fisher. Individual garden club members also donated several perennial plants and CBC installed a small stone bench commemorating SGC’s 40th anniversary. Two smaller garden beds within this area will continue to be cultivated by Wilbur McMahon students as part of SGC’s Grade School Program. We hope you will visit the site, have a seat and enjoy a tranquil moment amidst the joyful hubbub of the school grounds.

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.

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