It was a celebratory weekend – the twentieth anniversary of the Newport Flower Show – worthy of sharing some of my favorite moments with you, each adding a note of visual delights! What an incomparable setting…Rosecliff, overlooking the sparkling blue ocean and whose grounds are dotted with Newport’s signature grand beech trees.
The “Mossflowers” (Margot Shaw’s affectionate term for those on the Charlotte Moss/Flower magazine London trip) out the door and headed over to Rosecliff on Friday.
First stop, with bated breath, checking out the awards in the cut specimen’s division – two firsts and a second for my ITOH peonies and a first for my Durandii clematis.
Also, cousin Sarah Boynton’s “Best in Show” and Blue Ribbon for an “emerald and diamond” necklace made entirely of dried plant material. Unbelievable!
Hats are a favorite accessory on Friday (one of the most popular boutiques is Lilo, a Newport go-to for fashionable chapeaus.)
And even at the Friday night opening cocktail buffet, hats make a showing.
The front lawn also sported some well-turned out creations (including an elegant green and white garden by talented Karen Barbera of Inspired Design) as well as gamboling children.
As the sun set Friday evening, the fashion parade continued…
A happy couple, she in a vintage dress
Looking for all the world like a marble statue, a female mime.
The Newport Flower Show scarf for 2015, worn as a shrug.
Lisa Oliver in a chic, multi-floral dress with matching coat.
Eliza and Katy Duckworth-Schacter.
With my Visiting Gardens co-chair and another travelling friend, Elizabeth Leatherman, in color-reversed versions of the almost same dress.
The Flower Show finished with the Sunday afternoon Award Ceremony, where I presented the Bettie Bearden Pardee award to Candace Morgenstern, whose striking design was created from plant material exclusively from her garden.