Activities: Civic Beautification

Spring 2023 Portsmouth Free Public Library Garden planting

April 11, 2023 The Marilyn (past president) and Ken Brockway memorial garden at their church. Photos  showi it's spring blooms


June 2019 Water Line arrives at Legion Park through efforts of the Garden Club June 14, 15

Digging the line. June 14.



Memorial Day and Flag Day 2019


November 2018


    The Portsmouth Garden Club has completed a refurbish and replanting of Legion Park begun two year ago. The Portsmouth Town Hall overlooks a triangular park of land which was set aside after World War II, as a memorial to our fallen soldiers. Originally laid out by the American Legion  Post with an anchor from an old British frigate and cedar trees, in June 1948  the Portsmouth Garden Club obtained permission from the town council to develop that garden plot more fully. Since that time the club has added and expanded flower beds, added a Liberty tree, helped  the historical society place a cannon at the front, decorated for Christmas and placed flags on appropriate Veteran’s days.


                Shade, overhanging branches, a decaying  cannon carrier, tired looking plants  and poor soil  created recent issues beyond merely planting and watering the flowers.
            With grants over the two years from the  Aquidneck Land Trust, a legislative grant via Senator James Seveney, funds from the R.I. Federation of Garden clubs and our local Portsmouth club’s civic beautifications funds the work was done to beautify and identify the park.


           First the cannon was repainted and the carrier rebuilt by volunteer, Manuel Sousa , the Liberty tree was trimmed and reshaped to allowed better sight of town hall and the road, the soil under the tree was amended, some beds closed and a very large round bed planted with blue flowers and ferns. Then the beds around the obelisk were expanded and red roses and daylilies planted, augmented with colorful annual flowers. The bed around the cannon was refurbished with more cedar plans than had be planted to celebrate the club’s 75the anniversary nearly 15 years ago. Red impatients were also added there.


             This fall nearly over 50 donated and purchased hostas were planted  framing the circle under the tree and numbers ground cover plants were planted closer to the trunk. The hope is that in the spring a the display will be attractive.
             Lastly  the club requested permission of the council to place a club conceived, designed  and fully paid for sign naming the triangle LEGION PARK.  That was placed last week in time this Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the armistice of WWI.


             Roberta Stevens, present President and Marilyn Brockway past President would like to thank  the town administrator and town council for their encouragement, Brian Woodhead of the Public Works Department, all  the financial sponsors, Island Garden Shop and Liptak Design on behalf of the club members for their contributions. Instrumental in volunteering with the hard work of planting are the current term  civic beautification chair people Carrol Goetzinger, Mary Di Bara and Brenda Sisson.


             The club  will celebrate it’s 85 anniversary year next year and continues to work on civic beautification and other community goals. New members wishing to join are encouraged to send a note to view or website,, mail to  P.O. Box 826 or call our membership chairperson, Eileen.







July 2018

Planting hostas under the tree at Legion Park. We receive a donation of a variety of 18 hostas from Brenda's garden and 4 from Bobbie's garden. They were planted on July 3 by Brenda, Rich, Bobbie and Shane. The complimented the flags for the fourth and the annuals and perennials the other club members had planted and watered earlier in the week.   

                                                  Photos by Bobbie





April 30, 2018

What do 1,500 bulbs look like? A sea of blue.



The Portsmouth Garden Club planted 1, 500 Scilla Siberica" Spring Beauty" bulbs last spring and they are blooming at Legion Park in a sea of blue. The area needed a new plan so the circle was enlarged; some beds that were too shady were closed.  Hostas, ferns and other deep shade loving leafy plants were additionally planted. The re-design is not completed yet but the club would like to thank- Senator James Seveney for a Legislative grant, Aquidneck Land Trust and our own club’s Civic beautification fundraising efforts at the Island Garden Shop plant sales.



Work last summer, June 2017

                                                       photos by Sue and Bobbie






January :                              Remove Town Christmas Decorations


January :                              Place Ribbons (Project Purple at Legion Park)


May:                                     Planting Legion Park and the Portsmouth
                                             Free Public Library


May-September:                    Plantings at Legion Park, Public Library

                                            Water/Deadhead Town plantings


December                             Create wreaths for town buildings for

                                            Christmas season          



2017 Planted Moonflower vine at Public Library

The Moon flower is related to morning glory but is white and blooms at night or depending on darkness -early evening or late AM.  It then droops and will fall off.  It booms every nite.  They are about 5 inches in diameter and can grow to 20 plus feet with propping.  Originally the flower grew in sub-tropical environments and can grow in Florida as a perennial.  In colder climes they are annuals.. They adapted to color white as they attract a certain kind of moth.   They do not need much care.  Very suitable for a white garden and in the south people propagate them next to  front door for interest and later in the season when blooming have a wonderful scent when a person walks thru the door. The plant or seeds can be bought and  grown locally.  - Provided by Jan Gump

2017-2018 Major Re-landscape of Legion Park

As of Sept 13, 2017

As of Sept 9, 2017

ON May 27. 2017


Meetings are held monthly at the Library for club members and guests. _________________

September 13, 2023

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library

Welcome back members !

Fellowship and meeting


Roberta Stevens; Look around: A sit down walking tour of the club contribution of landscaping to the Portsmouth Free Public Library for 125 years.


October 11, 2023

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library

Presenter: Linda Howard  Holly  Mackenzie and Joan Kierwin Demonstration-Plant propagation and splitting perennials


November 7, 2023

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library

Presenter: Marie Brennan-Chasin


Chair Yoga tecniques for gardeners


November 17, 2024

7-9 p.m  Portsmouth Free Public Library 

Annual Taste of Portsmouth
$25 for tickets


December 13 2023

Christmas Luncheon
Green Valley Country Club

12:00 Gather

12:30 Eat

$50 to Treasurer


January 10, 2024

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library

Presenter: Linda Kirkpatrick


Floral design Demonstration


February 14, 2024

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library


Presenter: Deb Mack


Glass garden art demonstration


March 13, 2024


1:00 Presenters: Roberta Stevens, Moderator; Annette Jarvis, Rocelle, Kieron, and Mim Maurer. 


90 th anniversary of the club ; Roundtable of the club's longest serving memebrs recalling

our memeorable service projects.


April 10, 2024

1:00  Portsmouth Free Public Library



Linda Howard and Mary DiBara

Spring table centerpiece with potted plants


April 22,2024

Earth Day


April 25, 2024

Venus de Milo Swansea, MA. 


RIFGC Annual Awards Luncheon


April  26, 2024

Arbor Day


May 8, 2024
1:00 Raggd Island Brewery, Portsmouth

Presenter: Karen Saucier

Raising Monarch Butterflies


June 1 Plant Sale

at the Public Library

Benefits Portsmouth Garden Club and the Portsmouth Free Public Library


June 12, 2024

Club AnnualLluncheon-

This year an Afternoon  Tea



2461 East Main Rd.





June 13, 2024


Hattie Ida Chaffee Home, Riverside R.I.


RIFGC Monthly Meeting and Judges Council Horticulture Show


June 21-24, 2024

After taking “The Grand Tour” to Marble House , The Newport Flower Show will return to Rosecliff with the theme “At Home".


Save the Date



10/23, 10/24

Crown Plaza, Warwick, R.I.