Park Gardens

sunflower blooming
Picture of a garden in the Park.

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Sunflowers are reslient, colorful, feed polinators, and thrive in New England's summers. Thousands of commuters driving on North Main Street can enjoy this eye-catching display that changes throughout the growing season. In addition, the sunflower garden is maintained by youth interns, volunteers, and park staff.

Native American Garden

The Narragansett and Wampanoag people have lived around what is now called Narragansett Bay for a very long time, long before any European came to settle here. The People fished for salmon, cod and bass, hunted deer and bear and farmed with the “Three Sisters”. Most people today are in some way familiar with fishing and hunting, but few have knowledge of the “Three Sisters”.

Corn, beans and squash, also know as the ‘Three Sisters’, were the principal crops of Native American farmers in the northeast and had been planted together for at least 300 years by the time Europeans arrived.

Each family would plant about an acre of land. Small mounds would be created all over this acre, about three feet across and three feet apart (on center) and about 8 to 10 inches high. These mounds would be hoed up, so there was no extensive plowing or disturbance of the soil.

Grown together these crops are able to thrive and provide high-yield, high-quality food source with a minimal environmental impact and high nutritional value. One acre of land planted and farmed in this manner would produce a surplus of food for each family. This surplus of food is what the Wampanoag and Narragansett often traded with the early European settlers to New England.

When the corn, beans and squash are cooked together with additional protein from meat or fish, this misickquatash or succotash provides a completely balanced diet.

Polinator Garden and Colonial Herb Garden

The Rhode Island Master Gardeners maintain the historic herb garden that is thriving along Smith Street. Enjoy a peaceful moment in this remarkable space.


Learn More

  • Colorful painting showing people gathered the first spring water source in Providence

    Learn more about Roger Williams and other influential people of his time.

  • View of the parks greenery with people walking through the park

    Learn about the places that influenced Roger Williams' life

Last updated: October 31, 2023

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