New Conservancy hosts Fall Fest to benefit Roger Wiliams Botanical Center


The Botanical Center Conservancy at Roger Williams Park, a non-profit which formed this past April, will hold its first event, the Fall Fest, on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Botanical Center at the park.

Fall Fest, which is planned to become an annual event, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and provides an afternoon of fun for children of all ages. Kids are invited to attend the event in their Halloween costumes and will have the opportunity to create art projects using the Earth’s natural materials. Art projects will include seed mosaics, loom bouquets made from dried flowers and grass, creating fashion masks, and building and planting twisty trees.

The afternoon will also feature a scavenger hunt throughout the Conservancy’s displays and a storybook corner. Children are also invited to participate in a “dress a winter squash” competition. Dressed squashes must be brought to the Botanical Center by noon on Oct. 27 with an attached tag featuring the artist’s name and age. Squashes will be judged on creativity and fun; winners will be announced at 1 p.m. during the event. Pre-registration for the event is requested, e-mail child’s name and age to

While the kids are creating works of art and competing in scavenger hunts, families are invited to visit the many agriculture and environmental exhibits to learn how to keep gardens healthy during the winter months.

The Conservancy is dedicated to improving the experience of visiting the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park. The organization plans to seek funding from individual, corporate and foundation donors for projects to sustain and improve the Center’s gardens and public spaces. Potential future projects include new signage for indoor and outdoor plants, new perennial beds and improved facilities for educational programs.

The seven-member board of directors for the Conservancy includes board president Judy Knight, a Master Gardener; and current co-president of the Warwick Neck Garden Club, secretary Griselda Lyman of Cranston, a former development officer at the Rhode Island Foundation; and treasurer Jonathan Knight.


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