The Newport Flower Show will be reimagined this year as an indoor, self-guided tour of floral design exhibits at Rosecliff, called "Back in Bloom: A Ballroom Floral Fantasy." Tickets for the three-day event, to be held June 18-20, are available now
The Newport Flower Show will be reimagined this year as an indoor, self-guided tour of floral design exhibits at Rosecliff, called “Back in Bloom: A Ballroom Floral Fantasy.”
Tickets for the three-day event, to be held June 18-20, are available now through www.NewportMansions.org.
The 2,800-square-foot Ballroom at Rosecliff will be transformed into a verdant oasis with themes such as “Garden Nymph,” “Fireflies” and “Harvest Moon,” while the Salon will be filled with floral creations by talented designers interpreting the theme of “A Garden at Nighttime.” The spectacle will continue on the back Terrace, where a conservatory-like garden space will feature al-fresco exhibition tables created by local event and floral designers.
Unlike the Newport Flower Show, “Back in Bloom” will not include live lectures, demonstrations or shopping boutiques, although the Newport Mansions Store will be open at Rosecliff.
“We have designed this event with the health of our visitors and staff in mind,” said Trudy Coxe, executive director and CEO of The Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns and operates Rosecliff and 10 other historic properties. “After hosting The Newport Flower Show for 24 years and being forced to cancel it last year because of the pandemic, we wanted to do something for the floral enthusiasts who are among our best supporters.
“The format of a tour that moves in one direction, in spaces large enough to allow social distancing, will enable us to put on a spectacular floral exhibit while following COVID regulations,” Coxe said.
Admission each day to “Back in Bloom” will be by timed entry. VIP Early Entry, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., costs $40 per person; Morning Entry, 9 a.m. to noon, and Afternoon Entry, noon to 3 p.m, cost $20 per person.
All proceeds from “Back in Bloom” will benefit the preservation and rehabilitation of the historic landscapes of The Preservation Society of Newport County.
Rosecliff, the former summer home of Hermann and Theresa Fair Oelrichs, was designed by architect Stanford White and completed in 1902. Its last private owners, J. Edgar and Louise Monroe of New Orleans, gave the house, its furnishings and an endowment to the Preservation Society in 1971.
For more information, please visit www.NewportMansions.org.