Newport Flower Show explores Eastern traditions

Newport Flower Show explores Eastern traditions

NEWPORT - With the theme "Jade: Eastern Obsessions," the 18th annual Newport Flower Show will take visitors on an exotic tour of Far Eastern traditions and beauty. Bartlett Tree Experts returns as presenting sponsor of the show, which benefits The Preservation Society of Newport County.

The show opens on Friday, June 21, and runs through Sunday, June 23, at Rosecliff, one of Newport's historic mansions.

Special guests will include floral designer Hitomi Gilliam, who will showcase work inspired by Ikebana and the Zen appreciation of nature, and landscape architect Harriet Henderson, who will share the influences of the East in Western gardens.

The show will continue through the weekend with Eastern-themed floral exhibits, horticultural entries, garden designs, photography, and children's programs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace, and lawn.

The front lawn of Rosecliff will be filled with garden displays, and a gardeners marketplace for specialty plants, flowers and garden accessories. On the back lawn, Oceanside Boutiques will feature additional garden and lifestyle-related products and 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 and 23. Tickets are $18 in advance, or, at the door, are $25 on Friday, and $23 on Saturday and Sunday. Ages 13-17 pay $6, and kids 12 and under are admitted free.

Admission to the Opening Night Party is $145 for Preservation Society members, and $170 for non-members, if purchased before June 7. After that date, cocktail party admission will be $160 for members and $190 for non-members.

Free lectures and demonstrations by noted plant experts, flower designers and gardeners will also be presented throughout the weekend. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Newport Flower Show, visit www.NewportFlowerShow.org or call 401-847-1000.