Get your Gilded Age On at the Newport Flower Show June 21-23.

The Newport Flower Show is one of the most anticipated events of the summer season. This year, after a fabulous $7.5 million dollar facelift, the traditional rite of spring returns to Rosecliff.

Guest will immediately notice the “Summer Cottage’s” 122 year old facade is radiant. After more than 100 years of sun, salt-air and snow 548 Bellevue Ave had begun to show signs of age.  Combining the vision of energetic members of Newport’s Preservation Society and Old School Craftsmen, the matron was transformed into a debutante waiting to be presented.

Modeled after Versailles, the garden retreat of French aristocracy, Rosecliff is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. From the gilding at the front-door,

to the recast balustrades,

 

and the glowing interiors

restorations were meticulous!

Perhaps of most interest to gardeners will be a visit to see the Central Garden where statuary and structures are again in pristine condition.

This year the Newport Flower Show will include dozens of floral designs, and hundreds of horticultural specimens.

In addition, interpretations of objects found at home; dolls, picture frames, and family dogs will be a few of the featured design themes on display.

Anyone interested in submitting an entry for the Flower Show Horticulture Division is encouraged to see the rules and guidelines at: www.newportmansions.org/events/the-newport-flower-show-at-home.

Not to be missed is Rosecliff’s rolling back lawn. The verdant carpet will host a “Palais de Poulet”( an upscale chicken coop), an installation of “my favorite plants” by some of Newport’s estate gardeners, and a large wildflower orchard design.

Adjacent to the floral displays, vendors offering plants, home decor and fashions will create a marketplace of shop-ortunites.

Come play in the Gilded Age garden ~ you won’t be disappointed!

Tickets are on sale now:     www.newportmansions.org/events/the-newport-flower-show-at-home

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