The Horticulture of Wilcox Park
An impressive collection of plant species adorn the Park. From magnificant trees to perennials, the plant composition of the Park is both beutiful as well as educational. Several plantings are labeled for identification and A Self-Guided Tree Walk is available at the Circulation desk of the library.
The RI Tree Council maintains a list of the largest trees called the RI Register of Big Trees. These are trees that, due to height, average crown spread and trunk circumference, are the largest of their species in RI. Wilcox Park has eight Champions and a number of runners up. Westerly ranks 4th in the number of Champion trees, all of which are in Wilcox Park. See the Self-Guided Tree Walk for species and locations in the Park.
These gardens are comprised of exclusively native plants and are located adjacent to the Library on the Esplanade. They show the use of natives in a more formal setting.It was designed to be showy, with tall plants towards the street and lots of red and bright colors.The gardens are mirror images, from the Columbus statue to the library building.They are planted in waves of color around the serviceberry trees.The garden highlights the diversity of available flowering plants, and strives for bloom from spring through fall.
Friends Perennial Garden
The Perennial Garden, which was a gift of the Friends of the Library in 1980, is a collection of specially chosen hardy perennials which display color and greenery from spring through autumn. The Friends provided additional support in 2004 for park staff and volunteers to reconfigure and restore the Perennial garden. The Perennial gardens are bordered by a boxwood hedge and feature hosta, sedum, salvia, lamb’s ears and silver mound. The showcase of the circular bed is the Woman's Urn, surrounded by germander and seafoam roses.