2013-10-24 / Mainsheet

Planting for the Future

Photos by Jen Carter


Susan Ruf, Daniel Burns, Tanya Kelley and Tim Brown Susan Ruf, Daniel Burns, Tanya Kelley and Tim Brown Guests who attended the Newport Tree Society’s annual Saplings & Spirits event on Oct. 17 were instantly intrigued by the trio of Monkey Puzzle trees on the front lawn of Peter de Savary’s “Merrillton” estate. Cypress, cedar, umbrella pine, dove trees and Katsura are among the more than 40 species that grace the Bowery Street property, and a magnificent Horn Beam is reputed to be the finest in the state.

The Society was proud to announce the completion of the citywide public tree survey.

The host’s home was built about 160 years ago by Samuel Powell, who would go on to become a Rhode Island State Senator. In 1933, Episcopal minister Rev. George Merrill and Pauline Merrill, sister of Mrs. John Nicholas Brown, would give their new residence its current name. In later years, well-known singer and performer Jane Pickens would call Merrillton home.


Debbie Grant, Juliet McVickar and Jocelyn Sherman Debbie Grant, Juliet McVickar and Jocelyn Sherman The trees are only part of the amazing estate. Guests were allowed to walk through many of the new exquisitely-appointed rooms that many said were truly done in “de Savary style.”



Bart Dunbar and Helen Papp Bart Dunbar and Helen Papp

Maryellen Atkins and Tim Brown Maryellen Atkins and Tim Brown

Teryn Weintz and Sharon Cameren Teryn Weintz and Sharon Cameren

Bill Riccio and Colleen McGrath Bill Riccio and Colleen McGrath

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