Wednesdays, June 16 – July 21, 10:00 am – Great Newport Landscapes, 1840 – 1940

The Preservation Society of Newport County and Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education present a six-week landscape course, led by John R. Tschirch, Architectural Historian of the Preservation Society, beginning June 16 through July 21.  Each session will begin at 10:00 am at 424 Bellevue Avenue in Newport.

This course will examine the landmark landscapes of Newport, created during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when the city was one of the most fashionable summer resorts in the nation. Known as the “Eden of America,” Newport and its environs have a rich garden design and horticultural heritage. Lectures and site visits will consider Newport landscapes by leading figures in American design and planning, horticulture, the history of plant and tree collection and propagation, species identification, garden architecture and sculpture, preservation practices, and stylistic elements of Victorian and Gilded Age period landscapes.

June 16: The Picturesque 19th Century Landscape in Newport
June 23: Kingscote: A Victorian Landscape in Newport
June 30: Frederick Law Olmsted and Sons: Masters of American Landscape Architecture
July 7: The Breakers Cutting Garden: Caring for the Gilded Age Landscape
July 14: The Elms: A Classical Revival Garden
July 21: Green Animals: An American Original

Admission for each lecture: Preservation Society members $10, general admission $15.  Advance registration is required.  You may register on-line at, or call 401-847-1000, ext. 154.  If you wish to register for the entire lecture series as part of a RISD Continuing Education course, please contact RISD at 401-454-6209.