Newport Flower Show, “Fete des Fleurs" a Garden of Earthly Delights

Sculptures by Donald Gerola

Gallic Pleasures were everywhere, as the Newport Flower Show was a lá Francaise", from its exquisitely manicured floral displays, to its booths, to its music.  The front gardens, the “parterre “ of  its title of “Paintings and Parterres”, was modeled on the fountain at the Centre Georges Pompidou of Paris, and featured metal sculptures by Rhode Island artist Donald Gerola. The Preservation Society of Newport had created another exquisitely memorable event.

Fashion icon Iris Apfel hosted an afternoon tea before the opening night, and long-time sponsor Bartlett tree, brought along Marie Antoinette, who greeted partygoers.

Beautiful flower arrangements

A Luncheon and Lecture was given by Eric T. Haskell, professor of French Studies at Scripps College in California, who spoke on the history of French formal gardens in his talk “Lasting Landscapes”, relating them to party settings, particularly relevant to Newport’s gorgeous landscapes.  Jeff Leatham, called the “rock star” of the floral world, artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, spoke on floral design.

But opening night was a sheer celebration of flowers, their uses and designers.  Patricia Fernandez, Chair of the event, welcomed the guests, and Trudy Coxe, Monty Burnham and Robert Bartlett of Bartlett Tree were on hand to thank guests for attending the unique evening party.

Susan Stautberg

The vendors were plentiful, unique and fascinating, and the only thing missing this year was the children’s tent.

A private dinner for sponsors was held in a tent on the “parterre," while on the grounds, delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and French food stations abounded. Inside Rosecliff were lovely designs and floral sculptures, already given their prizes and sporting their ribbons.

Marie Antoinette greeting guests

Seen were Kent Russell, the "Garden Guru", Leah and Ross Cann, Jessica Hagen, Will DeYoung, Ruth Taylor, Molly and Nick Mele, Michael Evangelisti, Linda Pereira, Sandra Ourosoff, Bing and Betsy West, Mary Marwick and Peter Jenkins, Bettie Pardee and Donald O. Ross (among the hundreds.)


                                                                      -- Linda Phillips


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Marie Antoinette greets Katie Whittemore


Philip Fischer, Ken Karp, Jenn Little & John Rodman


Stuart & Karen Bevan


Betsy & Bing West in the "photo booth"


Lord & Lady Boxwood


Friend, Karen Bevan, Pamela Pantos & Craig Shapero


Rebeca Hancock, Stephanie Turini, Anne Stevens & Pat Papis


The Rosecliff Parterre


Molly & Nick Mele


Ruth Taylor & daughter Sarah Taylor


Nancy & Ernst Rothe



Flower Show Chairman Patricia Fernandez with husband Mike


Patrick St. Martin & Alexandra Brooks


Monty Burnham, Kate Bartlett, Megan Kacinski & Roert Bartlett welcomed by Trudy Coxe


Pat Fernandez, the Bartletts & Monty Burnham


Celebrating Arboretum status, Robert Bartlett


Megan Kacinski, Bob and Kate Barlett,  welcome Sandy Robinson

 & Monty Burnham


Linda Pereira, Lady & Lord Boxwood, Becky Basseo


Kent Russell, "The Garden Guru"


Susan Ruf, vendor & Bettie Sarantos


Colorful sculpture in Rosecliff wins first prize


Bill & Jenny Croll


An exquisite terrarium



The stylish crowd on the lawn


Denae Bayer, Jessica Hagen & Kristin McMannis


Stylish boutique


The Preservation Society booth


Leah & Ross Cann


Kaitlyn & Tristan Mouligne


Antonia & Michael Evangelista, of Soap&Water


Antonia, Michael Evangelista, Rosemary Giannone with

Will DeYoung


Will DeYoung with a Soap & Water gift bag


Patricia & Torre Peterson


At the Valerie Horn jewelry boutique


Genevieve Rozansky, Donald O. Ross & Leah Poole at C.K. Bradley booth


Bert Lippincott, Pam Crawford & Jane Lippincott



Riding or polo? 


Marion "Oatsie" Charles enjoying the show


Fred Warren with Nancy & Dick Brickley


Elizabeth & Bill Leatherman, James Wright & Susan Jacquet


Mary Marwick, Peter Jenkins & Carol Simjian


French music!


Holt Massey, Jeffrey de Charnes, Sandra Ourosoff & Eric Haskell


Metal garden sculptures


An interesting booth


Maggie Gordon & Kristie Goehausen


Leslie Hogan, Hugh O'Donnell & Lilly Dick


Bettie Pardee with Guy & Mary Van Pelt


Bill Bagwill & Rita Slom


Bob Chase & Anne Hicks


Metal garden ornaments to take home




Charming miniatures, purple by Barbara Blossom


Ms. Blossom's citation & ribbon


Guests on the steps of Rosecliff


Prize winning arrangement


The Sponsors' Dinner Tent


A children's green garden


Hat designer Ann McMahon toasts the Flower Show

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