Newport Flower Show

Newport Flower Show
424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
June 27 – 29, 2008
Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$15 (advance purchase); $20 (day of show purchase); $6 (children); Free (children under 12)

Get the season “growing” at the annual Newport Flower Show, one of New England’s largest gatherings of horticulturalists and green thumbs. Gardeners of all levels are invited to enjoy hundreds of splendid flower arrangements and the superb scenery of Rosecliff Manor. The landscape will be painted with fresh topiaries, lovely scented lilies, orchids, begonias, colorful passion flowers, dewy roses, and hundreds of rare plant specimens.

Celebrate the gardening season at the Opening Night Cocktail Party, where guests can peruse beautiful flower arrangements and horticultural entries while indulging in a refreshing cocktail. And, give your green thumb a make-over at the Oceanside Boutiques and the new Gardners’ Marketplace, where vendors will sell unique gifts, plants, and gardening accessories. Tantalize your taste buds at the Explore Rhode Island Food Pavilion, where the best of Ocean State restaurants will set up shop to cater to your every snacking need.

The preservation society will offer a number of lectures and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Watch as Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfes, the flower design duo behind Parties to Die For, throw together intricate flower arrangements. And join “celeb” horticulturalist Daniel J. Hinkley as he tells fascinating tales of plant hunting. The former Martha Stewart plant consultant has earned high regard in the horticulture world for his rare plant collection, and if he’s got Martha’s approval, he’s got ours!

Attention all horticulture and design competitors! All members of the exhibitors divisions will be given an all-access pass to classes like “Botanical Pleasures,” a look at the first great woman botanist, Jane Colden, and “American Plants in King George’s Court,” which takes a look at America’s first nursery in Philadelphia. Dozens of other classes will be available on a first-come basis.

Let the little ones follow in your muddy footsteps with the Children’s Education Division, where they’ll “Explore Botanical Passions.” Kids are invited to spend three days exploring our botanical past and present, participating in fun flower arranging competitions, and getting creative with crafts. They’ll be totally occupied while you spend the day in botanical paradise.