Children's Division


Horticulture Workshop: Preserving America's Beauty
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Blithewold’s Carriage House
101 Ferry Road (Route 114) Bristol, RI

Flower pressing and drying is a fun and useful way to capture and preserve the beauty of the natural world. Many of us can remember a grandmother who pressed flowers between the pages of an old book to enjoy their beauty far beyond the summer growing season. Historically, herbs have been dried to prolong their use as far back as the Middle Ages. During this workshop, children will create a small leaf/flower press and then embark on a scavenger hunt around Blithewold’s beautiful grounds to collect a treasure trove of plant material to take home and create stunning natural works of art. Picked at their peak and then preserved, beautiful pressed flowers and leaves are a wonderful way for children to observe, preserve and enjoy America’s natural beauty. 

Each child will receive two plants to grow and cultivate:
Class 1 – Rosemary (Rosemarinus offinialis)
Class 2 – Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
All materials will be provided. Advance registration is required; contact the Children’s Division Chair, Jacqueline Colbert,  Limit 20.

Open Horticulture Class
Class 3 - Par
Bring a plant owned by the exhibitor for a minimum of 3 months, which does not qualify for entry elsewhere in the Children’s Division. The container may contain more than one plant. Only one entry per exhibitor.  Bring your plant entry to Rosecliff on Thursday, June 18, 2015 between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for judging and exhibition during The Newport Flower Show.

Open Photography Class
Class 4 - A Moment in Time in America: Trees – A Natural Beauty
Capture a moment in time with your camera and share your favorite American Treasure with us. Bring a photograph of your favorite tree that you have personally taken within the last year to be exhibited and judged. The entry should be a printed 8” x 10” photograph. Please provide a title for your photograph. We will supply a frame for exhibition in the Children’s Tent. The content should primarily focus on a tree and cannot contain an image of person or a child.
Advance registration is required; contact the Children’s Division Chair, Jacqueline Colbert, Limit 25.
Bring your photo entry to Rosecliff on Thursday, June 18, 2015 between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for judging and exhibition during the Newport Flower Show.


Children’s Education Division
On-Site Workshops & Classes


All on-site workshops and classes will be held at the Children’s Tent on the back lawn at Rosecliff. Please note that adults must accompany children at all times. Adults will be required to purchase a Show ticket.

Floral Design Workshop
Friday, June 19, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bring your clippers and creativity to design a floral arrangement to be judged and then exhibited for the duration of The Newport Flower Show.  All materials will be provided and sponsored by The Water’s Edge Flowers, Newport, RI. Advance registration is required; contact the Children’s Division’s Chair, Jacqueline Colbert, Limit 20.

Create a Rose Window
Saturday, June 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join Newport artist and art educator Deirdre Sargent  to create your own miniature Rose Window. Rose Windows combine the intricate outline of rose petals with kinetic geometric shapes to create a window that shines with bold and brilliant colors in the grand spaces for which they are designed. Let your imagination soar to new heights as you use up-cycled and natural materials to create a Rose Window fit for a cathedral! All materials will be provided. Advance registration is required; contact the Children’s Division Chair, Jacqueline Colbert, Limit 20.

The Language of Flowers
Saturday, June 20, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Did you know that you can communicate a message through flowers and plants? Flowers had powerful meanings in the Victorian era of American history and were often given as a way to express emotions. This language has been used throughout history by great authors, poets and artists. In this workshop we will explore some of the historic meanings; for example, bluebells stood for “kindness,” and rosemary was for “remembrance” and giving a red rose would declare “devotion.” After learning the secret language of flowers, each participant will create a "tussy mussy" and then fill it with a special flower message for a friend or family member. All materials provided. Advance registration is required; contact the Children’s Division Chair, Jacqueline Colbert, Limit 20.

Rose Island Lighthouse
Saturday, June 20, 2015
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
When you can’t get to the lighthouse at Rose Island, this 11-foot tall replica is the next best thing! The solar-powered lighthouse helps demonstrate the lighthouse keeper’s practical and resourceful way of life with the use of a rain gauge and rain-making system. Children learn how rain water is collected for every day use on Rose Island and how a lighthouse functions. After a brief presentation, the real fun begins when the children create their own craft masterpiece! All materials will be provided. Advance registration is required; contact Children’s Division Chair, Jacqueline Colbert., Limit 20.

Create a Compass Rose
Sunday, June 21, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
A Compass Rose, sometimes called a Wind Rose or a Rose of the Wind, is a figure on a compass, map or nautical chart that displays the cardinal directions. Join University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Melissa Guillet as she takes your child on a journey with Miss Rumphius, the beloved character in the popular children’s book written by American author Barbara Cooney. Your child will chart their trip and create their own Compass Rose as they join Miss Rumphius on her quest to go to faraway lands, live by the sea and make the world a more beautiful place! All materials will be provided. Advance registration is required; contact the Children’s Division Chair, Jacqueline Colbert, Limit 20.

Who is Living in Your Backyard? Roger Williams Park ZooMobile
Sunday, June 21, 2015 
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
What kinds of animals live in your natural habitat? Meet the Zoomobile crew from the Roger Williams Park Zoo and a few of their creatures to learn who lives in your backyard. Interpret different clues from local wildlife and learn how to determine which animals share your own habitat. Observe the animals around you and you will discover a world of creatures in your backyard! Advance registration is required; contact the Children’s Division Chair, Jacqueline Colbert, Limit 25.

Open Seed Workshop
Sunday, June 21, 2015
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Make a “Seed Ball” with Horticulture Therapist Tricia Bailey and her Hope Street Bloom’s Kids. Learn about Horticulture Therapy and why gardening makes you feel good! Tricia Bailey and the kids will show you how to create a simple ball with soil, water and seeds. Take the seed balls home in a little peat pot and watch them germinate into plants. When the plants are big enough, transfer them to your garden and watch them bloom all summer long. All materials included. No registration required.