2017-04-27 / Around Town

Portsmouth Garden Club Flower Show

A non-juried flower show will be presented by the Portsmouth Garden Club on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 at Atria Aquidneck Place, Quaker Hill Lane, Portsmouth. Admission is free. The show will celebrate Portsmouth women who made significant contributions to the community. Represented in floral interpretation will be Anne Hutchinson, Julia Ward Howe, Alice Anthony Webb, Sarah Eddy and Elizabeth Wilkey.

Each woman played an important role in Portsmouth’s history. Hutchinson was a town founder in 1638; Howe authored the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and also helped establish Mother’s Day as a national holiday; Webb was married to Fred Webb, founder of Cherry and Webb department store and owner of the Webb mansion; Eddy was an artist and photographer who was active in abolition, animal rights and was director of the Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; and Wilkey designed the Portsmouth town seal, was a roving art and music teacher in Portsmouth schools and was a member of the Portsmouth Garden Club.

Artists Valerie Debrule, Valorie Sheehan and Lisa May, from the Deblois Gallery in Middletown, will also present their work from last year’s exhibit on Hutchinson. Visitors can vote on the displays each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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