The 19th annual Newport Flower Show will take visitors on a colorful journey to a bygone era of luxurious travel and leisure. With the theme Journey: Grand Vistas, America’s premier summer flower show invites visitors to travel back to a time when the trip was as splendid as the destination. The Show opens on Friday, June 27, 2014 and runs through Sunday, June 29 at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s most beautiful, historic mansions.

Bartlett Tree Experts returns as the Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show, which benefits The Preservation Society of Newport County. Joining the Show for the first time as Presenting Media Sponsor is Travel + Leisure Magazine. Additional sponsors include Brooks Brothers, Northern Trust, Atria Healthcare, BankNewport, Coca Cola of Southern New England, Aardvark Antiques, Hotel Viking, The Newport Daily News, and Yankee Publishing.

The special guest speaker at this year’s Newport Flower Show is nationally renowned garden designer P. Allen Smith, who will showcase classic American aesthetic and style as well as the integration of architecture and garden. Smith’s portfolio includes everything from elegant residential gardens, family estates, and a highly exclusive private golf club, to serene weekend retreats, horse farms and a quail plantation.

The Opening Night Party on Friday, June 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., will launch Newport’s summer season, with a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The show will continue through the weekend with unforgettable garden railway exhibits, horticultural entries, floral designs, photography, and children’s programs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn.

Two new events have been added to the weekend this year. Among the lavish and inspiring home and garden festivities will be an Authors’ Afternoon Tea reception on Saturday, June 28 at 2:30 p.m., and a Sunday Champagne Brunch on Sunday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m.

The expansive front lawn of Rosecliff will once-again be filled with beautiful garden displays, offering inspiration for those looking to add color and charm to their own gardens. Guests will be able to browse the Gardeners’ Marketplace for specialty plants, flowers and garden accessories. The shopping experience will continue on the back lawn, in the Oceanside Boutiques featuring additional garden and lifestyle-related products and services.

The Newport Flower Show will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, June 28 & 29. Advance sale and Preservation Society member admission tickets are $18 per person. Tickets sold at the door will be $25 on Friday, $23 on Saturday or Sunday.

Also available by advance purchase through Friday, June 13 only is a special “Bring a Friend” ticket for Sunday, June 29, providing 2 adult admissions for $29. One-day Show tickets for children between the ages of 6 and 17 are $6.

Admission to the Opening Night Party is $145 for Preservation Society members and $170 for non-members, if purchased before June 13. After that date, cocktail party admission will be $160 for members and $190 for non-members.

The Authors’ Afternoon Tea reception will take place on the back lawn of Rosecliff on Saturday, June 28 at 2:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to a sampling of savory and sweet delicacies as well as flavored versions of iced or hot teas. Joining the guests will be relevant authors who will share their newly published books. The ticket price is $60 and includes show admission. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to book early.

The Sunday Champagne Brunch is a great way to ease into the last day of the Newport Flower Show on Sunday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch on the terrace at Rosecliff, with one of America’s leaders in style and gardening. The ticket price is $75 and includes show admission. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to book early.

Special guest P. Allen Smith will headline two lecture luncheons on Friday and Saturday. Smith has been practicing design since he returned from his studies in England nearly 30 years ago. His home, Moss Mountain Farm, serves as the inspiration for his culinary pursuits, design work, art, books and nationally syndicated television shows.

Smith wrote the garden design book P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home as the first in his series of 6 gardening books published by Clarkson Potter between 2003 and 2010. This year his media company, Hortus Inc., won several coveted Taste Awards for the nationally syndicated television shows “Garden Home” and “Garden to Table.” Long respected for his intelligent integration of architecture and garden, Smith lectures all over the country and is often featured in a wide variety of national publications.

Tickets for each Luncheon and Lecture are $80 per person. Lecture-only tickets are available for $40.

Free lectures and demonstrations by noted plant experts, flower designers and gardeners will also be presented throughout the weekend. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Newport Flower Show,, or call (401) 847-1000.

With Newport’s largest private ballroom, Rosecliff was constructed in 1902 as a party pavilion for one of the leading society hostesses of the Gilded Age. This snow-white terra-cotta mansion, modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles, was created for Theresa Fair Oelrichs, heir to the Comstock silver lode in Nevada. It hosted many of the most fabulous entertainments of the period, including a fairy-tale dinner and a party, featuring magician Harry Houdini.

All proceeds from the Newport Flower Show benefit the ongoing landscape restoration efforts of The Preservation Society of Newport County, a private non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.