What’s more fabulous than a seaside flower show in a Newport “summer cottage” (where The Great Gatsby and many other movies were filmed)? The Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff, Parterre’s next door neighbor, is the setting for this prestigious show’s 24th anniversary…themed Audubon Artistic Adventures.
Of course, there are flowers galore (both inside and out) and gardens to inspire…but the shopping steals the show. Almost one hundred boutiques are to be enjoyed on both the oceanside as well as the front lawn. To be sure that you enjoy every minute of your visit, I’m sharing my Insider’s Notes as well as Show Details…
Bountiful Blooms…as soon as you get to the show (hopefully at 10:30am on Friday) go straight to the horticulture tent on the back lawn. This wealth of the best from savvy gardeners (containers and cut specimens, ie. lots of roses) doesn’t stay fresh long, so catch them first. Then head back into Rosecliff for the floral arrangements.
Shop til’ you drop…pick up the Newport Daily News handouts with vendor listings and map with their locations. Review and make a plan! Take it from me…you’ll need more time than you probably have.
What to wear?…dress in layers; the weather changes on a dime, foggy in the morning, hot at noon. Bring a Newport staple (ie. a Pashmina); temperatures drop 20 degrees at night. Leave your stilettos at home (you’re on lawn all day which may also be damp from night dew). And this is Newport, so enjoy the opportunity to wear bright floral shades and forego the LBD (little black dress). Hats of any style are a favorite accessory (reminder: there is a fabulous hat resource among the vendors).
Only have limited time?… plan to go to the Friday Opening Night cocktail/buffet from 6pm to 9pm. You can look, shop, sip and nibble while enjoying the well-turned out party-goers.
Looking for a fun night out?…a new and inspired addition to the Show’s potpourri of offerings is Movie Night on the front lawn (preceded by a picnic supper). It’s a happening affair as well as a romantic take on the “Rosecliff experience.”
Friday, June 21st
Luncheon Lecture with India Hicks, Luncheon: 11:30 to 12:30pm; Lecture: 12:30 to 1:30pm
Afternoon Tea, 3 to 4pm
Opening Night Cocktail Party, 6 to 9pm
Saturday, June 22nd
Luncheon Lecture with Laura LeBoutillier, Luncheon 12 to 1pm; Lecture: 1 to 2pm
Box Supper & Audubon Exhibition Private Viewing, 6:30 to 8pm
*Dinner & A Movie, 7:45pm
Sunday, June 23rd
Champagne Jazz Brunch, 11am