Landscape and garden design, the great hurricane of 1938, the African American experience in 19th century Newport and even Winnie-the-Pooh are among the topics to be explored during The Preservation Society of Newport County’s winter lectures. Advance registration is required for all lectures, online at or by calling 401-847-1851.

The Art Of Gardening At Chanticleer

  1. William Thomas,Executive Director & Head Gardener, Chanticleer Foundation

Thursday, January 25, 2018

11 am, Rosecliff

Take a visual tour and behind-the-scenes look at what the Washington Post calls “one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.”  Chanticleer, once the home of the Rosengarten family, is known for its residential-scale plant combinations featuring foliage textures and colors, its wide variety of containers, and its imaginative homemade furniture.

Sponsored by ALEX AND ANI.  Admission: Preservation Society Members $10 / General Public $15.  Advance reservation required., or 401-847-1851

Amazing Groves: Landscape & Memory At Bristol’s North & South Farms

Dr. Sara Butler, Professor, Roger Williams University

Tuesday, February 1, 2018

11 am, Rosecliff

George Rogers Hall, the first American to introduce Japanese plants to the U.S. in the nineteenth century, established a groundbreaking horticultural collection in Bristol, Rhode Island. Dr. Butler’s presentation will examine both Hall’s own personal collection as well as the great influence it had on Gilded Age horticultural practice.

Sponsored by van Beuren Charitable Foundation.  Admission is free. Advance reservation required., or 401-847-1851

A Preview of the End of the World: The Great New England Hurricane of 1938

Sara Jaworski, Public Programs & Community Engagement Assistant, Historic New England

Thursday, February 8, 2018

11 am, Rosecliff

The Great New England Hurricane on September 21, 1938, was one of the most destructive storms in American history, causing more than six hundred deaths and $400 million in property damages. What made this storm unique? In this illustrated lecture by Sara Jaworski, learn about the impact and aftermath of the Hurricane of 1938 in southern New England.

Sponsored by van Beuren Charitable Foundation.  Admission is free. Advance reservation required., or 401-847-1851

The Life & Gardens Of Beatrix Farrand

Karyl Evans, Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

Thursday, February 15, 2018

6 pm, Rosecliff

Join Karyl Evans for a special screening and discussion of her film, the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America. The documentary will take you on an inspiring journey across the country to explore her personal story and many of her most spectacular gardens. Documentary run time is 40 minutes.

Sponsored by ALEX AND ANI.  Admission: Preservation Society members $15 / General Public $20.  Advance reservation required., or 401-847-1851

Winterfest Storytime
February 19-23, 2018
The Breakers Stable, 53 Coggeshall Avenue, Newport
Shake off the winter chill with morning and afternoon stories and crafts during Newport’s Winter Festival. Stories and take home art projects are designed especially for our young and young-at-heart participants. New stories will be read daily.  Program is suitable for children 6 years old and above and is free to all participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years and older. Two sessions daily, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Space and parking is limited.
Admission is free.   Advance reservation required.,   or call 401-847-1851

Black History Month Lecture

Gilded Age Newport In Color: The African Heritage Experience in Early Newport

Keith Stokes, Vice-President, 1696 Heritage Society

Thursday, February 22, 2018

6:00 p.m., Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Gilded Age Newport in Color tells the largely unknown story of African American life in Newport during the 19th and turn of the 20th centuries. The presentation will unveil the historical sites, events and people associated with the African American community including images of places of worship, businesses and civic organizations that flourished along Bellevue Avenue, Historic Hill and Top of the Hill neighborhoods of early Newport.

Admission:  Preservation Society Members $10 / General Public $15.  Advance registration required., or call 401-847-1851.

The Natural World of Winnie-The-Pooh:

A Walk Through The Forest That Inspired The Hundred Acre Wood

Kathryn Aalto, Author & Landscape Designer

Thursday, March 15, 2018

6 pm, The Elms

  1. A. Milne’s classic tales Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Cornerhave delighted readers for nearly a century. Join Kathryn Aalto, author of theNew York Times best-seller, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, for a look at what we can learn from studying the intersection of nature and culture in Winnie-the-Pooh.

Sponsored by ALEX AND ANI.  Admission:  Preservation Society members $10/General Public $15.  Advance reservation required., or 401-847-1851