Roses (& Rosettes) on Display at the Newport Flower Show

Each year, garden enthusiasts from across New England look forward to a special summer event hosted by the Newport Mansions.  Held at Rosecliff, the Newport Flower Show is a three-day celebration of plants, flowers, gardening and landscaping.  Everything from cut flowers to table arrangements to topiaries and full outdoor gardens creates quite a scene to take in. 

The casual visitor might not be aware, but the show is also a competitive event.  There are many categories with entries striving for the blue ribbon, from the basic cut roses and allium to creative classes for a parasol made of plant material to a design inspired by the Vanderbilt’s Chinese Tea House. 

Here are a few photos, courtesy of the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscaping Association, which played a big part in setting up the gardens and exhibits.  For more photos, there’s another full gallery available at About.com.

This arrangement's category required all flowers in white

A more creative display

An avian topiary

Commercial exhibitors set up full outdoor gardens as part of the competition

PS- For those of you needing awards as beautiful as those given out at the Flower Show, the rosettes shown are Ideals and Wheatons with gold rims.

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