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 2017 Newport Flower Show, themed Fête Des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres, will celebrate its 22nd year with a variety of special events, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, impressive horticulture exhibits, stunning garden displays, unique shopping opportunities, and more. Inspired by France, America’s premier summer flower show will transport guests’ imaginations to the place that has inspired generations of artists and gardeners. Attendees will travel on a French adventure, from grand gardens to Paris chic, at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s most beautiful historic mansions modeled after the Grand Trianon of Versailles.
The magnificent three-day event welcomes back Bartlett Tree Experts as the Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show, which benefits The Preservation Society of Newport County. Additional sponsors include ALEX AND ANI, Atria Senior Living , Brooks Brothers, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England, Swarovski, United, , and The Newport Daily News.
The Show will feature celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham and noted scholar on French garden history Dr. Eric T. Haskell as special guest speakers. Guests will have the rare opportunity to learn from the uniquely talented Leatham, who works as the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris in addition to designing events for celebrities and world leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, and many more. Haskell, Professor of French Studies & Humanities and Director of the Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College in California, will share his knowledge on French gardens, their history, and more with guests at the Newport Flower Show.
The Newport Flower Show will be held this year from June 23 through June 25th
Fashion icon and interior designer Iris Apfel will also join the Newport Flower Show’s Afternoon Tea reception on Friday, June 23 for a conversation on her fabulous life, fashion, and style.
The Opening Night Party, the unofficial “kickoff to summer in Newport,” will take place on Friday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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, and children’s programs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn.
The Newport Flower Show will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. onFriday, June 23, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25. 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.
Newport Flower Show Dates, Hours, & Pricing:
Advance sale and Preservation Society member admission tickets are $20 per person; tickets sold at the door will be $25. One-day Show tickets for children between 6 – 17 are $6.
- Friday, June 23: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday, June 24: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, June 25: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Opening Night Party:
Friday, June 23, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$150 for Preservation Society members
$175 for non-members; after June 9
$170 for Preservation Society member
$200 for non-members
NEW Fête de la Lune and “A Little Chaos” Film Viewing:
Saturday, June 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. supper; film viewing begins at 7:45 p.m.
$70 for evening admission and boxed picnic supper
$10 for viewing of “A Little Chaos”
Afternoon Tea Reception:
Friday, June 23, 3:00 p.m.
$65 ticket price includes one-day Show admission
Sunday Champagne & Jazz Brunch:
Sunday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
$90 ticket price includes one-day Show admission
Lecture Luncheons with Jeff Leatham and Dr. Eric T. Haskell
Friday, June 23 with Jeff Leatham: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 24 with Dr. Eric T. Haskell: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$100 for Luncheon & Lecture
$50 for Lecture only; ticket price includes one-day Show admission
New this year, the Newport Flower Show will offer a Fête de la Lune (Feast by Moonlight) at Rosecliff on Saturday, June 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests can spend an evening strolling through the display gardens, shopping with Flower Show vendors on the front lawn, and viewing the floral designs inside Rosecliff before the sun sets, then can enjoy a summer picnic basket supper on the grounds while viewing the display gardens. Attendees can also opt to stay after supper for a viewing of the 2015 hit movie “A Little Chaos” starring Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, and Stanley Tucci; film tickets are sold separately.
The expansive front lawn of Rosecliff will once again be transformed, this year taking inspiration from the fountain at the Centre Pompidue in Paris. Colorful garden plantings and boxwood-edge parterre beds will complement a series of kinetic sculptures representing the elements earth, wind, and fire. A formal garden layout and grand allee, garden pavilions, and a French market will create a park-like setting for visitors entering the Show.
The Afternoon Tea reception will be held on the front lawn of Rosecliff on Friday, June 23 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. Interior designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel will engage guests in a conversation about fashion, style and life.
Luncheon lectures by Jeff Leatham and Dr. Eric T. Haskell are scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Leatham is considered the most exciting floral designer in the world. Awarded the prestigious “Knighthood” (“Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et Letters”), the French Government’s highest honor for artists, Jeff designed the first major event to be held in the famed “Galerie des Glaces” (Hall of Mirrors) at Versailles since the time of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His work is compared to contemporary art and his vase designs were so exquisite that the Dallas Museum purchased them for their permanent collection. His work is featured at international cultural, business and entertainment events.
Free lectures and demonstrations by noted plant experts, flower designers and gardeners will also be presented throughout the weekend.
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.