American Primrose Society’s 2024 National Show – Friday May 3, 2024: High Elms Garden Tour and Reception

We are delighted to invite American Primrose Society and New England Chapter members (and their guests) to a special evening at High Elms Garden. You won’t want to miss this chance to connect with friends and fellow Primrose enthusiasts on the evening before the National Primrose Show and Sakonnet Plant sale in Little Compton, Rhode Island!  See below for details and RSVP information.


Friday, May 3rd, 6 – 7:30 PM


High Elms, 79 Peckham Road, Little Compton, RI


Wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks

Hors d’oeuvres (including vegetarian)

Home-made cookies


$30 per person.


By April 24th with your payment to reserve your place.

Check payable to Gioia Browne and send to 79 Peckham Road, LITTLE COMPTON, RI 02837.

Please include your name(s), mailing address and email address.



High Elms Garden

Stone walls frame this seventeenth-century farm house set amid six acres of organically managed gardens and meadows. The owners, Gioia Browne and Jim Marsh, have enhanced the mature landscape by adding nine gardens and planting more than 300 trees and shrubs. Their collection is documented in a database that contains more than 2,000 species and cultivars from nearly 500 genera.

The woodland garden flanking the nineteenth-century barn is planted with ferns, Jack-in-the-pulpits, a leatherwood (Dirca decipiens), and many woodland beauties under decades-old rhododendrons.

Shaded by a white wisteria, the enchanting summer house terrace overlooks the rock garden with its bulbs, ferns, primroses, dwarf conifers, and ground covers. In 2019, the rock garden was expanded and a circle garden was created.

From March to November, the border blooms with primrose, allium, clematis, annuals, dahlias, asters and shrubs. Spring shades of blue, yellow, and white give way to a palette of blue, purple, red, yellow, and orange. Nearby are the shrub walk and the recently-created circle terrace at the overlook.

The bog garden features flood-tolerant natives including magnolia, clethra, azaleas, primrose, iris and gentian. Every spring the resident frogs wake after a long winter to spend the summer in the lotus pool.

The spring garden is planted with snowdrops, pink daffodils, scilla, and other ephemerals. The treasured Edgeworthia chrysantha and Corylopsis pauciflora are sited to be seen from the house as they unfurl in early spring. Garden seating throughout High Elms Garden enhances the appreciation of individual plants, insects, birds, and garden views.