Newport Arboretum Week is coming April 22-28, with many events that invite the public to meet, understand, and appreciate this historic city’s magnificent arboretums. According to the Newport Tree Conservancy:
“From its earliest days, Newport was a city of tree collectors and amateur botanists who reveled in the exploration of the planted world. From historic Gilded Age landscapes still in cultivation today, to handwritten records of colonial-era hothouses that held specimens from all over the globe, Newport is truly a living museum of American horticulture and landscape architecture.
“Aquidneck Island (location of Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, RI) is home to more accredited arboreta than any other community in the world. Our 26 beautiful arboreta, large and small, are helping care for a tree canopy extraordinarily rich in specimen trees on an island whose landscapes narrate the history of American landscape architecture, horticulture, and garden design like no other place in America.” Below are some events that honor the extraordinary trees of Newport:
Tree Walk at Rosecliff on April 23 — In addition to its namesake gardens, Rosecliff boasts a venerable tree collection, including specimens that date back to the late 1800s. Preservation Society of Newport County expert Jeff Curtis and Newport Tree Warden Scott Wheeler will lead the tour. 1 p.m.
Newport’s Historic Landscape Surveys on April 23 at Newport Public Library — PLACEstudio Landscape Design has done cultural landscape reports describing significant landscapes throughout Newport. Join this visual journey through the ages as Aquidneck Island transforms from wilderness to meticulously designed landscape, featuring historic surveys for several Newport properties. 6 p.m. RSVP Here
Flower Power: Floriculture, Floral Designers and Car Follies in the Gilded Age on April 24 at Salve Regina University – Historian John Tschirch explores the floral extravaganzas of the age, including rose draped garden follies and one of the most spectacular hydrangea-laden parades of the era. 6 p.m. RSVP Here
Tree Walk at The Arboretum at Salve Regina University on April 25 — The annual campus tree walk will guide visitors through a curated loop of distinct tree specimens of the arboretum. The tour will begin at the Wakehurst property gate at Leroy & Ochre Point Avenues. 11:30 a.m.
Tree Walks at Frederick Law Olmsted Park & Arboretum next to the National Museum of American Illustration on April 26 — Enjoy a free guided tour of the highlights of the Frederick Law Olmsted Park & Arboretum.The three-acre grounds, formerly the Stoneacre estate, were landscaped in 1886 by the Father of American landscape architecture. Walks at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Lighting of the Trees Celebration & Illuminated Trolley Tours from Newport Elks Lodge on April 26 — Illuminated Trolley Tours will offer spectacular views of Newport’s illuminated historic tree canopy. Enjoy good company, light refreshments, cash bar, and tour. Trolley tours depart at 8:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m. RSVP HERE
Spring Sidewalk Parade, Tree Path Opening & Hope Tree Planting on April 27 — The Sidewalk Parade of Hope will wind its way along the sidewalks of Newport, with costumes, music, and dance as it departs from the Florence Gray Center, past 20 decorated trees, ending at Miantonomi Park. Hang your hopes on the Hope Tree, planted by the Newport Tree Conservancy. 12:30 -3 p.m.
Newport Trolley Tree Tour on April 28 at Salve Regina University — Join Christopher Fletcher of Bartlett Tree Experts on a fascinating tour of to some of the more unique and specialty trees found in the various arboreta in Newport. The trolley departs at 10 a.m. from the Antone Academic Center on Lawrence/Leroy Avenue. 9:30 a.m. RSVP HERE