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Preservation Society announces free Breakers landscape lecture series


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This fall, The Preservation Society of Newport County will present a series of three lectures on “The Evolution of The Breakers Landscape,” sponsored by ALEX AND ANI. Admission to all lectures is free, but advance registration is required, online at www.NewportMansions.org/Learn/Lectures, or by calling 401-847-1851.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Ernest Bowditch: Out of Olmsted’s Shadow

Jim Donahue, Curator of Historic Landscapes & Horticulture, The Preservation Society

Ernest W. Bowditch (1850-1918) was a key figure in the evolution of the profession of landscape architecture in the late 19th century.  Over a 40 year career, his firm designed over 2,500 projects. The Breakers landscape plan helped to launch Bowditch and he returned to re-design the site over the course of his career. Learn about Bowditch, his relationship to the Vanderbilts, and the private paradise they created at The Breakers.
Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Information and registration: www.NewportMansions.org/Learn/Lectures, or call (401) 847-1851.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

11:00 a.m.

Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

The Breakers Cultural Landscape Report

John Grove and Leslie Carter, Landscape Architects, Reed Hildebrand

The Preservation Society commissioned Reed Hildebrand Landscape Architects of Cambridge, MA in collaboration with Robinson & Associates Landscape Historians of Washington, DC to prepare a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for The Breakers.  A CLR documents site history and existing conditions, provides an analysis of the landscape’s integrity and significance, and outlines treatment recommendations for the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of the property. Learn about the fascinating history of The Breakers landscape and the guidelines established in preparation for its upcoming rehabilitation.
Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Information and registration: www.NewportMansions.org/Learn/Lectures, or call (401) 847-1851.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Managing Newport’s Veteran Trees

Bruce Fraedrich, Ph.D and Christopher Fletcher, Bartlett Tree Experts

Newport’s landscapes comprise one of the largest and most diverse collections of mature and exotic specimen trees in the US. This discussion will describe key considerations for managing mature tree populations, and efforts by the Preservation Society to plan and plant the next generation of landscape trees within The Breakers Arboretum.

Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Information and registration: www.NewportMansions.org/Learn/Lectures, or call (401) 847-1851.

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