A modified Pandemic Flower Show returns to Newport
NEWPORT, RI – Those “green shoots” everyone was talking about in the spring?
Well, now it’s roses. And peonies. And the hydrangea.
And they were all on display at the opening reception of the Newport Flower Show.
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The show and the reception, the summer social opening of the Newport County Preservation Society, returned to Rosecliff after his 2020 pandemic absence.
This year’s show, Back In Bloom: A Ballroom Floral Fantasy, ”has been reconfigured in accordance with CDC advice. Live lectures, demonstrations or shopping – which drew hundreds of people to the oceanfront lawn – have been removed.
“We 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.
“After hosting the Newport Flower Show for 24 years and being forced to cancel it last year due to the pandemic, we wanted to do something for flower lovers who are some of our best supporters.”
The enormous ballroom has been transformed into a sea of greens, blues and purples, and displays have been created to reflect a moonlit garden with themes such as Garden Nymph, Harvest Moon and Fireflies.
In the living room, the theme has turned to A Garden at Night while the oceanfront terrace, meanwhile, will feature exhibition tables by local artists.
The tour was a one-way exhibit with scheduled entry, allowing for social distancing.
Thankfully, the still sold-out cocktail continued as usual, albeit with a smaller guest list and well-separated tables in the expansive lawn by the ocean.
The evening also included an intimate invitation-only reception honoring Robert and Kate bartlett from Bartlett Tree Experts, who has been the presenting sponsor of the Newport Flower Show for many years.
The Newport Flower Show 2022, Eden: A Personal Paradise, will take place June 17-19.
Proceeds from the Flower Show and the opening night reception will benefit the preservation and rehabilitation of historic landscapes of the Preservation Society of Newport County.