Rhody Gem: June 2019

The Groden Greenhouse – Providence Monthly


What it is:

Part of The Groden Network, a mission-driven organization dedicated to serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges, this greenhouse offers houseplants and floral arrangements year-round to both retail and wholesale customers.


Where to find it:

Located at the corner of North Main Street and Branch Avenue within North Burial Ground. “I had always seen the greenhouse from the road and was curious,” begins nominator Margaret Owen. “I was delighted to find a plant source right in town and doubly pleased to discover that it’s a vocational training center for people with developmental challenges. On top of that, they welcomed my painting class  for an afternoon and some of the students there joined us to sketch the plants.”


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

“It’s right smack in Providence,” says Margaret, who has purchased armloads of annuals like zinnias, marigolds, dusty miller, and more. “It’s so encouraging to have a wonderful alternative to those big box stores fives minutes from my house.”

5 Branch Avenue • 421-9780