Each year, the Newport Flower Show is held at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. It is held at the end of June and is a “must see” event. If you have never attended the Newport Flower Show let me tell you a few things about it.
The Newport Flower Show is pleased to celebrate its 21st year as America’s premier summer flower show, held on the historic grounds of Rosecliff. This year’s theme Gilded – Artful Living will showcase an era when the goal was to embellish and enhance what nature had already provided. During the Gilded Age, nearly every aspect of life was elevated to an art form. Gardens became stages for nature’s most brilliant performances, women’s fashions were created for stylish parades, and houses became museums for a lifetime of treasures. Join us as we celebrate all that is Gilded! It was a time when nearly every aspect of life was elevated to an art form.
In its 21st year, New England’s premier summer flower show showcases an era when the goal was to embellish and enhance what nature had already provided, and nearly every aspect of life was elevated to an art form. Enjoy judged horticultural specimens and floral designs, special garden displays, free lectures and demonstrations, children’s activities, and exclusive shopping experiences. Special guests include designer Bunny Williams and international floral artist Bruno Duarte. Advance sale single day admission is $20. Additional ticket packages available.
The Newport Flower Show will be held this year from June 24 through June 26, 2016
- Friday, June 24, 2016: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday, June 25, 2016: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, June 26, 2016: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Advance sale and Preservation Society member admission tickets are $20 per person. Tickets sold at the door will be $25 on Friday, $23 on Saturday or Sunday. One-day Show tickets for children between the ages of 6 and 17 are $6. Children 5 and under are free.
Group tickets rates of $15 per person are available for organized groups of at least 20 people and the group must arrive together. The driver and escort are complimentary. Please contact the Group Tour office for additional information: (401) 847-1000 ext. 159 or [email protected].
Buy your tickets in advance and save. You can find out more details and the exact cost of tickets, get directions, and plan next year’s trip by visiting their site at newportmansions.org
The Authors’ Afternoon Tea reception will take place on the back lawn of Rosecliff on its new day, Friday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m. Guests will be treated to a sampling of savory and sweet delicacies as well as flavored versions of iced or hot teas. Joining the guests will be relevant authors who will share their newly published books.
Sunday Champagne Brunch will return this year with a twist by featuring a jazz ensemble. The Sunday Champagne & Jazz Brunch is a great way to ease into the last day of the Newport Flower Show on Sunday, June 26 at 11:00 a.m. Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch while sipping champagne and listening to cool jazz on the front lawn of Rosecliff.
The Opening Night Party on Friday, June 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., will launch Newport’s summer season with 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, floral designs, photography, and children’s programs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn. A Founders’ Conservatory will be located on the terrace of Rosecliff, filled with special plants and honoring the founders of the first Newport Flower Show in 1996.
What to expect at the Newport Flower Show
First, it is held at the fabulous Rosecliff mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. That, by itself, is enough reason to attend each year. The opulence of the mansion, and the mansions of Newport in general, is something to behold. To think that royalty, or at least the very rich, used to live this way, is sometimes hard to imagine. You are brought right back to the time when Kings and Queens ruled the land with a visit to the Newport mansions.
The fully-restored Rosecliff mansion sits on Bellevue Avenue along with the many other fabulous mansions. The flower show sets up a parking area and provides a free shuttle as well, which is really nice if it is too hot out. If the weather is good, just walk the few blocks to Rosecliff.
On the front lawn they have some of the garden vendors and garden displays setup. It was quite nice because it separates the actual garden and flower portion of the event from the vendors selling clothes and jewelry. You will find benches out on the front lawn. Sit a spell and soak up the view.
Stop and smell the roses, literally, when you walk through the side garden of Rosecliff Mansion.
And then of course, there are the hats! Hats are the order of the day at the Newport Flower Show. Hats are big, bold, and have flowers attached. If you aren’t wearing a hat you can buy one from The Hat Lady.
Yes, pets are allowed. We saw all kinds of dogs, some even dressed up in their finest. Make sure they are on a leash though or being carried around in a doggie bag.
Outside in one of the large tents there are garden demonstrations going on throughout the weekend. Some demonstrations costs while others are free. There is also a children’s tent and children are encouraged to submit flowers for judging as well. There are also special lectures and teas as well as an opening night party.
The Newport Flower Show showcases flowers from local gardeners inside of the mansion. You will see common and exotic flowers, roses, Iris, and floral arrangements too.
One of the highlights of the Newport Flower Show is the garden cocktail party on Friday night. The garden party is an annual gathering of Newport society’s elite but the public is also welcome to attend. You will feast on fine cuisine and mingle with the rich and sometimes famous. You will also get a chance to shop at the vendors who stay open during the party to sell their wares. Enjoy a delicious cocktail buffet while reviewing the fresh floral arrangements and horticultural extravaganzas and shopping at the Oceanside Boutiques and the Gardeners’ Marketplace.
From fashion to flowers you will find everything you never knew you needed at the Newport Flower Show. You can buy a pair of earrings for $1,000 or a bundle of dried lavender for $15. There’s something for everyone and every budget at the Newport Flower Show.
After you are done shopping, sit in a chair on the back lawn, listen to the music, as you look out over the ocean. You will also want to try some Del’s Frozen lemonade and have a sandwich from the Mansion’s food tent.