Tick Abbatment Project

President's Initative and State Grant 2022-25



May is Tick Awarenesss month and the president placed information at the public library May 2023.


Portsmouth Garden Club Launches Tick and Lyme Disease Awareness Program at Town Beach Summer 2022


Lyme disease is a common but misunderstood illness that, if not diagnosed and treated early and properly, can cause serious health problems.

PGC President Mary DiBara, who has chronic Lyme and a number of other tick-borne infections explains that, “Less commonly known is the fact that ticks transmit other serious infections other than Lyme.   Also, RI continues to be a high incidence state for Lyme disease. It’s getting worse because of mild winters, which means that more ticks are surviving the winter.”


With funding from a RI State Senate Legislative Community Service grant, Portsmouth Garden Club launched a tick bite prevention and Lyme disease awareness program this past summer at Sandy Point Town Beach.  This program is a partnership with the Town of Portsmouth and the RI Dept. of Health.

 “While many Rhode Islanders know that summer equals tick season, fewer understand the ticks are found at beaches” Mary explained.  “Studies show that Lyme and other infection-carrying ticks are abundant right by the beach.  They are most likely to be in dunes covered with beach grass or bushy pathways to the sand.”


The program included remediation spraying using “green” products, distributing tick identification and removal materials, facts concerning Lyme disease prevention/treatment, and beach signage.  Information packets were prepared for the 65 children who were enrolled in the town’s summer recreation camp program.  Some materials and signage were provided free of charge by the RI Dept. of Health. 


The PGC is committed to the health and safety of our community and hopes that this community service initiative will expand next year.  Mary said, “This is only the beginning of a year-round prevention program.  It’s a promising model of a public –private partnership to alleviate this serious public health hazard.  It’s also a model that other garden clubs throughout the state can do.”



For more information:  Mary DiBara, marydibara@gmail.com



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.