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.
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.
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 www.ballardpark.org for more details. FREE EVENT.
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.
Visit Clean City Newport for a list of cleanup times and locations.
Tree Walk led by Newport Tree Warden, Scott Wheeler. Rain or shine. Meeting Site: Morton Park Playground. FREE EVENT.
Children’s Story Hour in the Redwood Library Children’s Room. FREE EVENT.
Tree Walk led by Newport Tree Warden, Scott Wheeler. Rain or Shine. Meeting Site: Washington Square Horse Trough. FREE EVENT.
Meet-and-greet with members of The Newport Tree Society following the Colonial Tree Walk. People’s Cafe, 282 Thames Street. FREE EVENT.
Tree Planting Demonstration led by Newport Tree Warden, Scott Wheeler. Approx 45-minute duration. Rain or Shine. Meeting Site: Morton Park Playground. FREE EVENT.
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.
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.
With the Cranston Calvert 4th Grade Class, Newport Garden Club, and Newport Tree Commission. FREE EVENT.
See www.cityofnewport.com/cleancity for details.