The Newport Flower Show offers a full weekend of free lectures, workshops and demonstrations by noted experts in floral design and horticulture. Also available at an additional cost are daily luncheon lectures.
Friday Luncheon Lecture, June 23
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch & Lecture: $100
Lecture only: $50
Jeff Leatham, Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, is considered the most exciting floral designer in the world. Awarded the prestigious “Knighthood” (Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et Letters”) the French Government’s highest honor for artists, Jeff designed the first major event to be held in the famed “Galerie des Glaces” (Hall of Mirrors) at Versailles since the time of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His work is compared to contemporary art and his vase designs were so exquisite that the Dallas Museum purchased them for their permanent collection. His work is featured at international cultural, business and entertainment events. Sought after by celebrities and world leaders alike, The New York Times
said of his work, “What makes his flowers so seductive is his belief that they are an artistic medium…he infuses each display with clean lines, strong colors and a lot of unspoken sex.” We look forward to welcoming this exceptional artist and being seduced by his exquisite floral designs.
Guests have the option of enjoying an elegant luncheon with the speaker by choosing a Luncheon and Lecture Ticket or purchasing a Lecture Only ticket. Either way, you will have the rare opportunity to learn from this uniquely talented lecturer. Tickets are limited, please reserve in advance. Includes one day Show admission.
Mrs. Samuel V. Hamilton Educational Lecture Series
These daily lectures and demonstrations are free with a Newport Flower Show ticket.
This lecture schedule is being updated regularly, so please check back often.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Easy Rose Care
Teresa Mosher, President, New England Rose Society
Growing roses isn't difficult, if you are employing the correct methods. Teresa Mosher, current president of The New England Rose Society, will review the seasonal needs of roses, including winter protection, pruning different types, planting, fertilizing and choosing the right rose varieties. Photos from her celebrated garden in Methuen, MA (zone 5) will illustrate the presentation.
Teresa Mosher is one of the leading garden and rose consultants in New England. Her passion for flowers, especially roses started as a child when her dad would start seedlings and plant them in the family garden every spring. Even though he worked long hours, he took the time to care for and grow fruits, vegetables and flowers, teaching his family important life lessons in the process. The garden became a place to relax and enjoy life where she and her dad felt most at peace. A native of Methuen, Massachusetts, Teresa is currently the President of the prestigious New England Rose Society and spends her free time as a Horticulture Rose Judge and Consulting Rosarian for the American Rose Society. An author and owner of Purple Roses Publishing, Teresa's love for flowers also drives her to volunteer, consult and teach others to care for them year-round. She truly enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for gardening with others.
French Impressions: A Pavé Style Floral Design Workshop for Adult/Child
Robyn Spagnolo and Lynne Merrill, floral designers
Advance registration is required for this workshop; e-mail Events@NewportMansions.org
The term "Pavé" originates from the French word "paver" which means to make low and even like paving a road. The term is used in jewelry making to describe a setting where the stones are placed low, even and close together so that none of the metal shows, like a blanket of jewels. In floral design, it is a technique in which plant material is placed closely together to form a pattern.
Robyn and Lynne will lead a floral arranging workshop designed for an adult/child partnership. Award-winning designers/instructors, they will demonstrate and coach participants in the creation of a Pavé design inspired by famous French paintings. Bring your creativity! All materials provided. Children (under 16) must be accompanied by an adult. All entries will be judged by age groups and will remain on display until the Show ends at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Limit 30 Adult/Child partnerships on a first come basis.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Green Animals Edible Schoolyard* Farm-to-Table Experience
Chef Steven Kalble, Director of Culinary Arts, Newport Area Career & Technical Center
Tricia Bailey, Community Outreach Horticulturist at Green Animals Topiary Garden
Advance registration is required for this children's workshop; contact Events@NewportMansions.org
In this kids’ cooking workshop, Chef Kalble and Tricia Bailey will demonstrate easy and healthful ways to incorporate organic produce into your family’s diet. And the kids will be asked to join in the cooking fun!
Elementary school age children only; each must be accompanied by a parent. Limit 24 adult/child partnerships on a first come basis.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
The Art of Growing Food
Ellen Ecker Ogden, author
In the tradition of the French potager, award-winning food and gardening writer Ellen Ecker Ogden will show how to grow an ornamental edible garden with an eye toward beauty, easy care and pleasure. A true potager opens your sense both in the garden and in the kitchen, and in this presentation you will learn six easy steps to successful kitchen garden design, based on classic design techniques.