The Newport Tree Conservancy is inviting the public to tour six private Newport residences that have earned Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation from ArbNet.

These special properties have notable trees and plants and will be open for self-guided tours on July 20th. Informational maps will be available on-site, and directions and parking instructions will be provided at check-out.

Newport is home to more accredited arboreta than any other city in the world, according to the Newport Tree Conservancy. “Explore six with us this summer”!

The Newport Tree Conservancy encourages attendees to consider ride-sharing/ride-hailing options, walking, bicycling, etc. Parking is on-street only and available on a first-come basis. The Newport Tree Conservancy asks visitors to please park only on those public streets that allow public parking as per posted city parking rules. 

The following arboreta will be open for viewing:

  • Maher-a-Lago Arboretum
  • Pax et Bonum Arboretum
  • Peace Pocket Arboretum
  • Second Wind Arboretum
  • Somershome Arboretum
  • Weetamoe Arboretum

More information about the Newport Tree Conservancy’s Abroretum Program can be found at

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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