Newport, Rhode Island celebrates and protects its majestic trees

of its Landscape Architecture in several ways.

Weeping Beech Tree Newport RI

The Newport Tree Commission offers valuable information to its residents on the preservation of Newport's famous tree population, one of its oldest assets. At the height of the Gilded Age,

'Tree Hunters' loaded newfound specimens from across the globe onto ships bound for New England. Carefully propagated at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, young saplings quickly found their way to the mansions and villas springing up along Bellevue Avenue.

Newport gardeners planted these rare trees on grand landscapes designed by legends such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Ernest Bowditch. Today, thanks to these aging giants which count among our nation's most magnificent specimen trees, our city can be aptly described as….

"…one vast arboretum." - Richard Champlin, Trees of Newport, 1976

On the grounds of the Rosecliff Mansion, you will find a wonderful collection of majestic European trees sporting engraved plaques as to their family and species. It is a lovely walk through the gardens of Rosecliff, designated a National Historic Place on Newport's Bellevue Avenue.

"If thou art worn and hard beset
With sorrows that thou wouldst forget,
If thou wouldst read a lesson that will keep
Thy heart from fainting and thy soul from sleep,
Go to the woods and hills! No tears
Dim the sweet look that Nature wears."

"Nature's Comfort," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Arbor Day will be celebrated in Newport by the Preservation Society of Newport County at The Breakers. Friday, April 30, 2010 –
44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport
11:00 a.m.

Jeff Curtis, Director of Gardens & Grounds, The Preservation Society of Newport County

Ernest Bowditch, renowned as a "pioneer of American landscape design," planned the grounds of The Breakers. Watch the planting of a specimen tree as part of the continued restoration of the grounds, and tour the property to hear stories of preserved trees, hurricane damage, and new preservation activities on one of Newport's most spectacular Gilded Age landscapes.

Admission: Preservation Society members $10, general admission $15

Advance registration requested. Register now online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 154.

The Newport Tree Society offers online Tree Walks. Celebrate Landscape Architecture in Rhode Island, April is National Landscape Architecture Month. Arbor Day will be celebrated by the The City of Newport's Tree & Open Space Commission & the Cranston Calvert Elementary School by planting three Kwanzan Cherry trees on the grounds of the Newport Transportation and Visitors Center.
Sponsored by the Economic Development Department, the planting is part of a larger effort to beautify the center and neighborhood as well as to provide better screening for neighboring abutters.

Friday, April 30 at 10 am
Newport Transportation & Visitors Center
Gladys Carr Bolhouse Rd & Second St., Newport RI

For more information, contact Scott Wheeler,
Tree & Parks Supervisor at 845-5802 or

Photo above, taken by Cheryl Richards, is a magnificent Beech tree, voted 2008 Tree of the Year, located on the grounds of Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.