The 2018 Newport Flower Show will celebrate its 23rd year with a variety of special events, including appearances on Friday and Saturday by lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, impressive horticulture exhibits, stunning garden displays, unique shopping opportunities, and more. The Show opens on Friday, June 22 and runs through Sunday, June 24, 2018.
This year’s theme, Cottages: Smart & Small, will celebrate the tiny house lifestyle. Today’s cottages, much like their gilded ancestors, are also about lifestyle. The Newport Flower Show will celebrate the tiniest of homes, which are smart in both technology and style; their adjacent gardens are equally thoughtful, livable spaces, both functional and beautiful.
Television personality, entrepreneur and best-selling author Martha Stewart will help to kick off the Newport Flower Show at its Opening Night Party on Friday, June 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The unofficial “kickoff to summer in Newport” will feature a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The show will continue through the weekend with unforgettable garden exhibits, horticultural entries, and floral designs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn.
In addition to attending the Opening Night Party, Stewart will offer a flower arranging demonstration on Saturday afternoon, followed by a signing of her new book, Martha’s Flowers.
Additional events taking place at Rosecliff throughout Flower Show weekend include the Afternoon Tea reception on Friday; dinner and a movie on the front lawn of Rosecliff on Saturday evening, including a summer picnic basket supper followed by a screening of the film The Beautiful Fantastic; and the Sunday Champagne & Jazz Brunch to ease into the last day of the Show.
The front lawn will be transformed into a “neighborhood” of Tiny Houses on wheels. Each tiny house will be staged with a garden gate or arbor, a patio area and an extensive container garden, each of a different color scheme/style to coordinate with the character of the tiny house. Newport-based Tiny Traveling Theatre will provide the setting for 15-20-minute pop-up lectures and demonstrations by noted plant experts, flower designers and gardeners on the front lawn throughout the weekend.
The magnificent three-day event, which benefits The Preservation Society of Newport County, welcomes back Bartlett Tree Experts as its Presenting Sponsor. Additional sponsors include AARP; Atria Senior Living; BankNewport; Brooks Brothers; Coca Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England; Dasani; Loren Hope; National Trust Insurance Services; Randal S. Poirer, Independence Financial Partners; United Airlines; U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; and The Newport Daily News.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Newport Flower Show, as well as special events and featured lectures throughout the weekend, visit www.NewportFlowerShow.org. You can also follow the Newport Flower Show on Facebook and Twitter and follow the Newport Mansions on Instagram.
About Rosecliff and The Newport Flower Show:
With Newport’s largest private ballroom, Rosecliff was constructed in 1902 as a party pavilion for one of the leading society hostesses of the Gilded Age. This snow-white terra-cotta mansion, modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles, was created for Theresa Fair Oelrichs, heir to the Comstock silver lode in Nevada. It hosted many of the most fabulous entertainments of the period, including a fairy-tale dinner and a party, featuring magician Harry Houdini.
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.