For the past two years, I’ve heard a few people mention this random lotus pond on the road to Wickford Village (RI). But whenever I drove by the area that people described, I could never find the plants, even after looking up directions online.
Last week I was driving towards Wickford from Narragansett in a hurry to get somewhere and out of the corner of my eye spot these giant lotus blossoms and lily pads poking up over the side of the road. I immediately swerved over and parked my car.
These huge and gorgeous plants were growing in a small sunken mill pond just off the side of the road, across from a larger pond. I had been looking on the wrong side the whole time! Most of these plants were taller than me, it felt like I was in some sort of magical Jurassic fairy garden. Everyone else I encountered at the scene was just as in awe as I was and there was a steady stream of visitors stopping by while I was taking these photographs.
I came across an article from a local paper that claimed the lotuses were planted in 1983, as a gift from a pair of brothers who were starting to develop the old mill complex into condominiums. It’s amazing the impact a few plants can have!
Is this on Rte. 1 between Narraganset and Wickford? I would love to see this but need better directions. Thank you.
Not too far south of Wickford on rte 1A on left heading south. In front Hamilton Harbor condos.
Here’s part of the bigger picture people need to know, they are beautiful and sacred to some traditions with that wonderful metaphor of beauty growing from the mud. But they are also invasive in RI and push out native species. So enjoy, but do not spread. https://www.ecori.org/natural-resources/2021/3/29/aquatic-invaders-take-over-rhode-island-waters