Crosswinds Little Farm Bed and Breakfast
800 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 02852, United States
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Plum Beach Light in 1970 from the Jamestown Bridge
1972 Smith's Castle garden
Pathway to Smith's Castle
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18th Century Garden
This traditional garden that we saw in the 1970s looks quite different today. The URI Master Gardeners have transformed it into an 18th Century Garden, by growing many of the same plants that would have been present in a similar garden during the 18th Century.
Sustainable practices include such items as crushed stone walkways and mulch to retain moisture, reduce watering needs, and reduce weeds. Where possible naturally disease and pest resistant plant varieties are used.
Admission to the Castle grounds is free and they are open for picnicing. When we went there were flower borders around the lawns in front of the house.
Now, the Castle gardens and grounds use sustainable landscaping methods overseen by the URI Master Gardeners. In this area they have Shoreland buffers, aka riparian buffers. These buffers control stormwater runoff.
Sustainable landscaping also includes using or encouraging natural vegetation instead of the lawns and flower beds that were there when we visited. It is felt that natural vegetation helps slow down stormwater runoff so that it can filter into the ground. The plants can help to remove some pollutants.
Shoreland buffers also provide habitat for many species. Trees in the buffer zone provide shade which helps keep the water cool. Cool water stores more oxygen than warm water
Near this site, Cocumscussoc Brook, a freshwater stream, enters Mill Cove
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