Brings Asian Traditions to Opening Night Party
by Carol Stocker
On Friday, June 21, Newport’s summer season will officially begin with the 18th annual Newport Flower Show Opening Night Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year’s theme, Jade: Eastern Obsession will blend gardens, Eastern treasures and traditions at Rosecliff, capturing the simple yet stunning beauty of this exotic part of the world.
The Opening Night Party will offer guests an opportunity to discover the mysteries of the East through “Zen-full” floral, horticultural and garden displays. While enjoying Asian-inspired food, guests can roam freely through the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners’ Marketplace. The evening will be filled with entertaining surprises including Asian music and dancing.
The show continues Saturday and Sunday with floral exhibits, horticultural entries, photography and children’s programs, displayed throughout the rooms and on the grounds of Rosecliff, as well as expansive front lawn garden designs. The free lecture series returns as well, offering advice and demonstrations by noted plant experts.
This year’s special guests headlining Luncheon Lectures on Friday and Saturday of the Newport Flower Show include floral designer Hitomi Gilliam, showcasing her designs inspired by Ikebana and the Zen appreciation of nature; and landscape architect Harriet Henderson, sharing her experiences in the Far East and how Western gardens are influenced by Eastern designs. These two Luncheon Lectures are separately ticketed events requiring advance reservations. Tickets for the Luncheon are $80 per person. Lecture-only tickets are available for $40. The Lecture Luncheon series is sponsored by National Trust Insurance Services.
The Newport Flower Show will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, June 22 & 23. Advance sale and Preservation Society member admission tickets are $18 per person. Tickets sold at the door will be $25 on Friday, $23 on Saturday or Sunday.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Newport Flower Show, visit www.NewportFlowerShow.org, or call (401) 847-1000.
Bartlett Tree Experts returns as Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show, which benefits The Preservation Society of Newport County. The show is also sponsored by National Trust Insurance Services, Brooks Brothers, Porsche of Warwick, Northern Trust, BankNewport, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Southern New England, Atria Senior Living, United Airlines, Aardvark Antiques & Restoration, East Coast Wholesale Flowers, Water's Edge Flowers and Four Roses Bourbon.
All proceeds from the Newport Flower Show benefit the ongoing landscape restoration efforts of The Preservation Society of Newport County, a private non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area's historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.