A superb seaside flower and garden show, the Newport Flower Show is unlike any other event of its type.
“Gilded: Artful Living” is the theme for Newport Flower Show 2016. The Gilded Age was a time of intentional beauty among the upper-classes. Nearly every aspect of life was elevated to an art form, with gardens, homes, and fashions serving as treasures fit for a carefully curated gallery.
This year’s theme is quite apropos, given where the show is held each year. A good percentage of what makes this flower show stand out from its peers can be chalked up to the venue – the opulent, Gilded Age setting of Rosecliff Mansion, with its classic architecture, sweeping views, and delightful ocean breezes.
Beyond the elegant surroundings, the Newport Flower Show serves up live music, special garden exhibitions, judged horticultural specimens and floral designs, informative lectures and demonstrations, and a host of vendors offering their unique and beautiful wares at the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners’ Marketplace.
Special, ticketed events for this year’s Newport Flower Show include:
Friday, June 24
Classic Style Inside and Out with Bunny Williams – 12pm to 2:30pm
Lecture/Luncheon – Bunny Williams is an iconic American designer known for her warm and personal style and author of “On Garden Style” and the bestseller “An Affair with a House.” Come hear her stories of the lessons she learned, some the hard way, while designing a garden right for her home.
Afternoon Tea – 3pm
Enjoy a sampling of hot or iced tea along with savory and sweet delicacies at this timeless and traditional Afternoon Tea in a tent on the front lawn of Rosecliff.
Opening Night Party – 6pm to 9pm
Enjoy a delicious cocktail buffet while reviewing all this year’s show is set to offer.
Saturday, June 25
Leaf Manipulation/Floral Art with Bruno Duarte – 12pm to 2:30pm
Lecture/Luncheon – Bruno Duarte grew up surrounded by flowers on his family’s farm on the island paradise of Madeira. It is here that his passion for floral arranging and gardening took literal seed. His innovative design techniques will inform both the professional and amateur flower arranger.
Sunday, June 26
Champagne & Jazz Brunch – 11am
Start off Sunday with a leisurely and delicious champagne brunch as the soothing sounds of cool jazz waft over the beautiful Rosecliff lawn.
Newport Flower Show 2016
June 24th through the 26th
Fri, 10:30am to 5pm – Sat & Sun, 9am to 5pm
Rosecliff Mansion – 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
Free parking and shuttle bus service will be provided to the Newport Flower Show from the Newport Grand parking lot on Admiral Kalbfus Boulevard. Be sure to visit www.newportmansions.org/events/newport-flower-show for more information and tickets.
Newport Flower Show Lodging
Make the most of your Newport getaway with a stay at a Newport County Inn and Bed & Breakfast! No stale and used-feeling hotel or motel room will treat you to the kind of custom accommodations, plush amenities, delicious breakfasts, and true hospitality you’ll find at any one of the many, locally owned and operated, Newport B&B’s. See you soon!