The2018 Newport Flower Showwill celebrate its 23rdyear with a variety of special events, including appearanceson FridayandSaturdayby lifestyle mavenMartha Stewart, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, impressive horticulture exhibits, stunning garden displays, unique shopping opportunities, and more. The Show opens onFriday, June 22and runs throughSunday, June 24, 2018.

This year’s theme,Cottages: Smart & Small,will celebrate the tiny house lifestyle. Today’s cottages, much like their gilded ancestors, are also about lifestyle. The Newport Flower Show will celebrate the tiniest of homes, which are smart in both technology and style; their adjacent gardens are equally thoughtful, livable spaces, both functional and beautiful.

Television personality, entrepreneur and best-selling author Martha Stewart will help to kick off the Newport Flower Show at itsOpening Night PartyonFriday, June 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.The unofficial “kickoff to summer in Newport” will feature a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The show will continue through the weekend with unforgettable garden exhibits, horticultural entries, and floral designs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn.

In addition to attending the Opening Night Party, Stewart will offer a flower arranging demonstrationon Saturdayafternoon, followed by a signing of her new book,Martha’s Flowers.

Additional events taking place at Rosecliff throughout Flower Show weekend include theAfternoon Teareceptionon Friday;dinner and a movieon the front lawn of Rosecliffon Saturdayevening, including a summer picnic basket supper followed by a screening of the filmThe Beautiful Fantastic; and theSundayChampagne & Jazz Brunchto ease into the last day of the Show.

The front lawn will be transformed into a “neighborhood” of Tiny Houses on wheels. Each tiny house will be staged with a garden gate or arbor, a patio area and an extensive container garden, each of a different color scheme/style to coordinate with the character of the tiny house. Newport-basedTiny Traveling Theatrewill provide the setting for 15-20-minute pop-up lectures and demonstrations by noted plant experts, flower designers and gardeners on the front lawn throughout the weekend.

The magnificent three-day event, which benefits The Preservation Society of Newport County, welcomes backBartlett Tree Expertsas its Presenting Sponsor. Additional sponsors includeAARP; Atria Senior Living; BankNewport; Brooks Brothers; Coca Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England; Dasani; Loren Hope; National Trust Insurance Services; Randal S. Poirer, Independence Financial Partners; United Airlines; U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; and The Newport Daily News.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Newport Flower Show, as well as special events and featured lectures throughout the weekend, visitwww.NewportFlowerShow.org.

Ryan M. Belmore

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