2015-06-04 / From The Garden

Education for All Ages


Cultivating a love of gardening in future generations is a goal of the show. Cultivating a love of gardening in future generations is a goal of the show. The Newport Flower Show offers the Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton Education Series, free lectures designed to promote the love of gardening across generations. Like the show itself, the talks inform, educate and entertain. The lectures and demonstrations take place in the lecture tent on the back lawn of Rosecliff.

Friday, June 19

Master judge Julie Lapham presents It’s All About Roses, composing several rose arrangements of different styles,1-1:45 p.m.

Garden consultant and designer Kerry Ann Mendez offers The Right-Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Aging and Time-Pressed Gardeners, 2:15-3 p.m.

Saturday, June 20

Landscape designer Sarah Vance presents the Renewal of Newport's Blue Garden, discussing both the creators of the original garden and how the restoration team used the Olmsted plans to reinterpret the design, 10:15-11 a.m.

Master gardener Deborah Trickett shows how to make show-stopping containers in American Beauties, creating two very different design gardens inspired by Elizabeth

Taylor and Grace Kelly, American beauties with timeless style, 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.

Designer, blogger and author Jan Johnsen explores Serenity by Design – Simplicity, Sanctuary and Delight, offering ideas based on ancient and modern practices to create serene outdoor settings, 1-1:45 p.m.

Botanical artist Sarah Boynton reveals Techniques and Secrets of Botanical Arts Entries, showing how exhibitors make award-winning jewelry and other items out of plant material, 2-2:45 p.m.

Sunday, June 21

Join accomplished show judges Lynne Merrill and Robyn Spagnolo for an Everything’s Coming Up Roses floral demonstration; discover that a rose is not necessarily a rose, 12:30-2 p.m.

Children’s Education Division

There are plenty of hands-on ac- tivities to keep young gardeners busy at the show. Events take place in the Children’s Tent on the back lawn. Advance registration is required; email markandjacqui@cox.net to register.

Friday, June 19

Children get a chance to be part of the fun at the Floral Design Workshop by creating an arrangement to be judged and exhibited at the show, 1-2 p.m.

Saturday, June 20

Let your imagination soar to new heights as you use up-cycled and natural materials to Create a Rose Window fit for a cathedral, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Discover the secret Language of Flowers and how plants were used to communicate during the Victorian era. Create your own “tussy mussy,” 1-2 p.m. Learn how rainwater is collected for everyday use at the Rose Island Lighthouse and create a craft masterpiece, 3-4 p.m.

Sunday, June 21

Create a Compass Rose and chart a trip to faraway lands (11 a.m.-12 p.m.). Meet the Roger Williams Park Zoomobile to discover Who is Living in Your Backyard? (1-2 p.m.). Learn why gardening makes you feel good at the Open Seed Workshop and make a seed ball to take home. No registration is required for the seed workshop, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

For more information and the most up-to-date schedule, visit newportflowershow.com.

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