2022 Flower Show winners announced

2022 Newport Flower Show winners announced 

Photos by Dave Hansen

NEWPORT, R.I. – The 2022 Newport Flower Show filled Rosecliff with displays of color and creativity from June 17 through 19. Hundreds of gardeners submitted floral arrangements, botanical arts creations and horticultural specimens that were displayed in the Salon, Ballroom, Dining Room and Terrace.

Below is the list of award winners.


  • Certificate of Excellence in Floral Design, for an exhibit of great distinction that placed first, second or third: Maureen Christmas, Acton, Mass.
  • Certificate of Excellence in Horticulture, for an exhibit of great distinction that placed first, second or third: Susan Vincent, Jamestown, R.I.


  • National Garden Club Award, to the exhibit judged to be the finest in the Design Division: Linda Pare, Ashland, N.H.
  • National Garden Club Award, to the exhibit judged to be the finest in the Horticulture Division: Deb Kelsey, Newport, R.I.


  • The Janice Leary Panoff Botanical Arts Award, to an exhibit of exceptional visual appeal which best combines whimsical interpretation with impeccable execution: Sue Cram, New Hampton, N.H.
  • The Robyn Kauffmann Spagnolo Botanical Arts Award, to the design that conforms to the schedule requirements, incorporating The Principles of Design and of exceptional quality in craftsmanship and skillful manipulation of all materials: Christina Kramer, Palm Beach, Fla.
  • The Newport Flower Show Best in Show Award – Botanical Arts, selected from The Newport Flower Show blue-ribbon winners in the Botanical Arts Division: Sue Cram, New Hampton, N.H.
  • The Newport Flower Show Botanical Arts Award, to the exhibit showing impressive quality, skill and creativity: Sue Cram, New Hampton, N.H.
  • The Newport Flower Show Novice Award – Botanical Arts, to the most distinctive design by a Novice exhibitor in any Botanical Arts class: Mary Ann Harr, Hartford, Conn.
  • The Newport Flower Show New Exhibitor Award – Botanical Arts, to the most distinctive entry by a first-time exhibitor in the Botanical Arts Division: Mary Ann Harr, Hartford, Conn.


  • The Newport Flower Show Best in Show Award – Floral Design, selected from among The Newport Flower Show blue-ribbon winners: Maureen Christmas, Acton, Mass.
  • The Newport Flower Show Novice Award – Floral Design, to the most distinctive design by a novice exhibitor in any design class in The Newport Flower Show: Penny Kaczyk, Worcester, Mass.
  • The Newport Flower Show New Exhibitor Award – Floral Design, awarded to the most distinctive entry by a first-time exhibitor: Alice Nichols, Providence, R.I.
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County Design Award, to the exhibit in the challenge class displaying the most creative use of the majority of components issued: Linda Tors, Southport, Conn.
  • The Corinne Clarke Reynolds Trophy, given by her daughter, June Reynolds MacKaye and granddaughters, June Reynolds Davis, Dottie Corinne Houser and Christienne Bailey MacKaye, for the best interpretation of a class title in the Design Division: Kim Cutler, Worcester, Mass.
  • The Bettie Bearden Pardee Award, to an outstanding design using all fresh plant material grown and arranged by the exhibitor(s): Sarah Boynton, Hingham, Mass.
  • The Candace Morgenstern Design Award, to an exhibit showing exceptional quality using innovative techniques involving the manipulation of fresh plant material: Jane Cary, Bedford, NH.


  • The Gilbert S. Kahn Sweepstakes Award, to the exhibitor winning the most blue ribbons in the Horticulture Division Classes: Felicidad Zeballos, Newport, R.I.
  • The Mrs. Robert M. Grace Best in Show Award, selected from the Horticulture Division blue ribbon winners: Portsmouth Garden Club, Portsmouth, R.I.
  • The Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton Award, to the most creatively original and whimsical presentation of plant material in any container: Linda Finn, Middletown, R.I.
  • The Oatsie Charles Award, to the most outstanding cut specimen of a shrub grown for its flower: Judy McLennan, Portsmouth, R.I.
  • The Annie Laurie Aitken Award, to the most outstanding rose cut specimen in the show: Bettie Pardee, Newport, R.I.
  • The Jocelyn Sherman Propagation Award, to a container entry propagated by an amateur exhibitor in whose name it is entered (the difficulty of propagation, detailed description of propagation process and distinction in its presentation will be considerations for this award; entry must have been grown by exhibitor for a minimum of six months): Jane Gamber, Madison, Conn.
  • The Newport Flower Show New Exhibitor Award – Horticulture Division, awarded to the most distinctive entry by a first-time exhibitor: Lisa Bliss, Middletown, R.I.
  • The Newport Garden Club Centennial Award – Horticulture Division, for the most creative interpretation of a class or theme in the Creative Container Division: Donna Boulay, Newport, R.I.

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history. Its 11 historic properties – seven of them National Historic Landmarks – span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

For more information, please visit NewportMansions.org.

A Chat Lady Carnarvon of HighClere Castle the original Downton Abbey

The Preservation Society in newport Rhode Island organized a special visit with the Lady Fiona Carnarvon to give her history and accounts of her experience through the filming of Julian fellows HBO series  “Downton Abbey” . Every unique lunch, dinner and gala package offered by the Preservation Society SOLD OUT. Each offered a personalized conversation of the Highclere history, including past owners, what it is like to run a the 300 room estate, the creation of the sustainable farm to bring health back to animals and ultimately humans, the inspiration behind the award winning Highclere Castle Gin and much much more all documented here in this recording.

Lady Carnarvon was very down to earth in her tennis shoes and linen clothes. She was funny, witty and full of life. Some interesting take aways from her question and answer presentation below are that the Highclere tours are “an experience not a visit.”, “Highclere is about the bones not the stones” meaning they are people centric and want focus on making people happy and want them to fall in love with Highclere, The filming was a “fortunate, serendipitous collaboration” Highclere highlights then vs now photos

Learn about how many staff it takes to run Highclere then vs now and so much more:

June 9th 2022 In advance of her visit, Trudy Coxe and Lady Carnarvon discuss the joys and challenges of maintaining a 300-room castle with 1,200 years of history and more than 1,000 acres of landscape. The wife of Geordie, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and the comparisons of running the preservation society estates and the Highclare Castle

Lady Carnarvon is the author of 5 books, If you are interested to peruse and purchase : https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/books/

Lady Carnarvon began her career as an author by writing the guidebook to Highclere and a guide to the Egyptian exhibition which transported visitors back to Ancient Egypt. Lady Carnarvon has written two historical books, “Lady Almina”, a New York Times Bestseller, which covers First World War when Highclere was actually a hospital and “Lady Catherine” which looks at the twenties and thirties and the Second World War through the real inhabitants, both upstairs and downstairs. These contain fascinating comparisons and similarities with “Downton Abbey”. Her last bestseller, “At Home at Highclere,” is a coffee table book which documents an insight into life at Highclere Castle. Food is a key theme throughout the book, having played an important social role in the lives of the Earls of Carnarvon bringing people together, and Lady Carnarvon includes some favourite recipes from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.

Her latest book, “Christmas at Highclere: Recipes and Traditions from the Real Downton Abbey” takes you behind the scenes and share the history and the rituals that make my home – Highclere Castle – the most magical place to be throughout the festive season. – website

International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend

Reception Open to the General Public for the First Time


The US Open. The French Open. Wimbledon.  Names that evoke the world class standing of professional tennis as both a sporting event and cultural experience.  Newport is home to many such cultural and iconic events. The world’s first automobile races were held on Second Beach by the well-heeled Bellevue Avenue set. The sport of kings, Polo, was nearly extinct until a few passionate individuals resurrected the sport on land they purchased specifically for the matches—now held weekly to the delight of thousands of locals and summer visitors.

And like so many of the great features of Newport that were saved by forward thinking and passionate individuals, so to is the International Tennis Hall of Fame housed in the former Newport Casino in the heart of the city’s artistic and historic center.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is welcoming beloved Australian Tennis star Lleyton Hewitt to its hallowed halls. A full weekend of world-class tennis, events, dining, ceremonies and receptions are available to the public either as single experiences or bundled packages to suit every desire, activity level and budget.

Induction Ceremony 5PM – 7:30PM & Enshrinement Reception presented by Infosys 7:30PM – 10:30PM

be a part of the ultimate honor in tennis & fun summer night of live music, dinner, cocktails, and celebrations on the Horseshoe Piazza

Join me and purchase your tickets to this historic event

$250 includes access to both the ceremony and the reception: https://www.tennisfame.com/reception




JULY  10 – 17 Infosys Hall of Fame Open

Will include the Top ATP World Tour pros -Van Alen Cup. The tournament is the only event played on grass courts outside of Europe & up close. Take a tour of the museum, enjoy shopping at a variety of vendor booths, and watch “Chat with Champions” hosted by Blair Henley each morning.


JULY  15-17 Enshrinement Weekend

Enjoy three incredible days celebrating the legends of tennis! The Enshrinement Weekend Experience includes exclusive access to once-in-a-lifetime events featuring the Enshrinement Tribute Dinner at The Elms with Hall of Famers including Andy Roddick, Stan Smith, and Tracy Austin, as well as Premium Seats to the Induction Ceremony followed by a reception with Hall of Famer Lleyton Hewitt.


Infosys Hall of Fame Open | 11am

Enshrinement Tribute Dinner | 7pm
The Elms, Newport, RI


Brooks Brothers Brunch with Legends | 10am

Infosys Hall of Fame Open | 11am
Doubles Semifinal & Singles Semifinals

Pre-Ceremony Refreshments | 5pm

Lleyton Hewitt Induction Ceremony
Not Before 6pm

Enshrinement Reception presented by Infosys
Following Ceremony, Dinner + Drinks served


Farewell Round Robin with a Tennis Legend | 10am

Infosys Hall of Fame Open | 1pm
Singles Final & Doubles Final

Bellevue bow WOW!

Bellevue bow WOW!     

Newport’s finest celebrate canine friendly shopping with style.

You don’t have to be a Vanderbilt or a Carnegie to shop like one! That’s the motto, and the attitude of this year’s Bellevue Bow WOW. A one-of-a-kind, dog friendly shopping event that took over Bellevue Avenue last week to the delight of retailers, tourists and all involved.

Newport’s Bellevue Avenue Mansions District took center stage as a dozen local businesswomen and influencers donned their spring finery and held court with their precious pooches along the toney avenue.

Après “dog-walk” the group retired to the veranda at La Forge Restaurant & Casino for glasses of bubbly and a chance to rest weary feet.

Come join Newport’s most fashionable along Bellevue, Spring Street, upper and lower Thames and Broadway for world class shopping that’s easily accessible on either two or four feet.

Newport RI provides a host of family friendly museums, art galleries, food, beverage, and shopping options to satisfy any taste.  See you there!

These businesses make the Bellevue Avenue Shopping District an experience to remember.  Audrain Automobile Museum,   William Vareika Fine Arts,   Grenon’s of Newport,   Bellevue Kids,   Michael Hayes,   Gingy’s,   The International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum,   X&O,   CK Bradley,   Club Calais,   Atelier Newport Art Gallery,   J. McLaughlin,   La Forge Casino Restaurant,   Talbots, and   Annie’s Restaurant. End your day on the veranda at LA FORGE CASINO Restaurant attached to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


Special Thank you to our local business owners that made this phenominal photoshoot possible


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Stoneacre Dog Show

Stoneacre Dog Show

Benefitting Potter League

Stoneacre’s Second Annual Dog Show brought out every dog breed and dog trick imaginable and raised $8,058.44 to benefit the Potter League. It was delightful, patrons purchased tables and everyone brought their dogs to dine.

The entree’s were limited to 40 and could sign up in any of the categories.

  1. Prettiest B**ch
  2. Best Rescue (Any dog that came from a shelter or rescue)
  3. Most Handsome
  4. Doggy/Owner look-a-like
  5. Cutest Puppy – Young Dog
  6. Best Veteran – Senior Dog
  7. Best In Show


OceanCliff Sip and Shop

The OceanCliff Sip and Shop was a fun and festive evening of cocktails and shopping, featuring local designers and boutique owners. With live music from Brian Scott, lite bites, complimentary champagne (2 drink tickets with admission) It was a $5 admission with 100% of proceeds being donated to Lucy’s Hearth, serving homeless children and families.
Photographed by AdamHimberPhoto.com