Launch Week: April 22-30

From Earth Day through Arbor Day 2011, we’ll herald the arrival of New England’s first citywide arboretum with a series of events and gatherings. Click here for printable rack card summarizing all events and view full descriptions below.


Friday April 22, 2011 – Earth Day

11 PM Children’s Tree Walk @ Morton Park

Newport Tree Warden, Scott Wheeler, will lead a Children’s Tree Walk through historic Morton Park. Rain or shine. Meeting Site: Morton Park Playground. FREE EVENT.

This is a free event and reservations aren’t required, but we’d love to know how many people to expect — click here to reserve a spot and let us know you’re coming!

Saturday April 23

211:00 AM Ballard Park Tour.

Staff from Friends of Ballard Park will point out unique features, identify trees and vegetation and share some of the site’s history. The tour will begin at the entrance across from Rogers High School. Visit for more details. FREE EVENT.

3 12:30 PM Children’s Movie Event @ The Jane Pickens Theater.

Come enjoy two movies for children of all ages: The Lorax and the Academy Award winning animated short film, The Man Who Planted Trees.

The Lorax is one of Dr. Suess’ most revered fables about a creature who speaks for the trees. Come cheer on the Swomee Swans and Barbaloots, and boo the greedy old Once-ler who is chopping down all the Truffula Trees!

The Man Who Planted Trees tells the dramatic story of one shepherd’s long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps near Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century.

Doors open at 12:30 for a meet-and-greet with The Newport Tree Society. Movie screenings start at 1:00 PM. FREE EVENT.

This is a free event, but we’d love to know how many people to expect — click here to reserve a spot and let us know you’re coming!

4 City of Newport – Earth Day Cleanup

Visit Clean City Newport for a list of cleanup times and locations.

Monday April 25

5 5:30 PM Morton Park Tree Walk

Tree Walk led by Newport Tree Warden, Scott Wheeler. Rain or shine. Meeting Site: Morton Park Playground. FREE EVENT.

Tuesday April 26

6 10:30 AM Children’s Story Hour @ The Redwood Library

Children’s Story Hour in the Redwood Library Children’s Room. FREE EVENT.

8 6:30 PM Meet and Greet @ People’s Cafe

Meet-and-greet with members of The Newport Tree Society following the Colonial Tree Walk. People’s Cafe, 282 Thames Street. FREE EVENT.

Wednesday April 27

9 5:30 PM Tree Planting Demonstration @ Morton Park

Tree Planting Demonstration led by Newport Tree Warden, Scott Wheeler. Approx 45-minute duration. Rain or Shine. Meeting Site: Morton Park Playground. FREE EVENT.

10Newport Arboretum Fundraiser Dinner @ Fluke on Bowen’s Wharf.

Fluke is offering a $50/person prix fixe dinner all evening long (5:00 pm until closing) in support of The Newport Tree Society and The Newport Arboretum. Reservations recommended. $50/person.

Thursday April 28

11 Movie & Fundraiser: Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks

6:00 PM Reception / 7:00 PM Movie Screening. $20/person. @ The Jane Pickens Theater. Proceeds help support the free children’s movie event.


Join The Newport Tree Society and friends as we celebrate the launch of The Newport Arboretum with the Rhode Island premiere of an acclaimed documentary on America’s first father of park and landscape design.

Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks, a one-hour documentary, examines the formation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century through the enigmatic eyes of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), visionary urban planner and landscape architect.

Throughout his working life, Olmsted and his firm carried out over 500 commissions, nearly 100 of which were public parks. With incredible foresight that spanned centuries, Olmsted brought nourishing green spaces to New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Louisville, and dozens of other U.S. cities.

Here in Newport, Olmsted and his firm left an indelible mark on a multitude of well-known landscapes including Rough Point, Ocean Drive, Beacon Hill House, The Harold Brown Villa, The New York Yacht Club, Hammersmith Farm, Wildacre, Miantonomi Park and Morton Park, among others.

“I have all my life been considering distant effects and sacrificing immediate success and applause to that of the future.” – Frederick Law Olmsted

We, too, wish to shape a brighter future for our city by celebrating and regenerating our magnificent urban forest — please join us in support of this effort.

Visit the official movie site to learn more about the documentary.


Friday April 29 – Arbor Day

12 10:30 Arbor Day Tree Planting @ Broadway Post Office

With the Cranston Calvert 4th Grade Class, Newport Garden Club, and Newport Tree Commission. FREE EVENT.

Saturday April 30

13City of Newport – Spring Recycling Day.

See for details.

The Newport Arboretum, New England's first citywide arboretum, is a special project of The Newport Tree Society of Newport, Rhode Island.