One of the great things about living in Boston is that it is so close to so many other states and all of the great sites and activities they have to offer. One area that every Bostonian must explore at one point is Newport, Rhode Island, as the mansions that characterize this area are simply amazing. While the area is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, the upcoming Newport Flower Show provides the perfect opportunity to explore the area while it is in full glory.
Taking place June 27th through the 29th, the Newport Flower Show puts beautiful homes and landscapes on display for visitors to enjoy. During each day of the show, guests have the opportunity to judge the floral designs and horticultural specimens. They also have the opportunity to visit special garden exhibitions and to attend demonstrations and lectures. All of these events are free with the purchase of a ticket, which costs $18 when purchased ahead of time or $25 when purchased at the door on Friday or $23 when purchased at the door on Saturday and Sunday. Children between the ages of 6 and 17 are admitted for $6, while children under 6 are admitted for free.
Children attending the show have many activities to enjoy. This includes several workshops, including a horticulture workshop, a floral design workshop, and a terrarium workshop. There are also special lectures geared toward children, such as What is a Train? And Time Travel with Ann Hood.
While many of the events at the Newport Flower Show are free with purchase of an admission ticket, tickets are available for special lectures, workshops and luncheons. Some of these special events include an Opening Night Party, an Authors’ Afternoon Tea, a Sunday Champagne Brunch, an Enchanted Evening with Rose Sponsor, American Beauty Rose Patron, a special Friday Lecture/Luncheon and a special Saturday Lecture/Luncheon. Tickets to these events may be purchased on the Newport Mansions website. All proceeds from the show go toward the preservation and restoration of the historic landscapes that are maintained and preserved by The Preservation Society of Newport County.
Parking is free and shuttle bus service is to be provided from the Newport Grand parking lot located on Admiral Kalbfus Boulevard. To get to Newport from Boston, follow Route 93 South to Route 24 South via Exit 4 on the left toward Brockton. Then, merge onto Route 24 South via Exit 8A (the Tiverton/Newport exit). Take a slight left onto RI-114 South (West Main Road) and then follow the directions to Newport.