HALI BECKMAN, LTD. of Wickford, in collaboration with DaPonte’s Landscaping Services of Bristol, garnered the 2nd place award at the 16th annual Newport Flower Show, sponsored by the Preservation Society of Newport, held at Rosecliff.

In keeping with the year’s theme, “Entertaining Newport Style,” display garden entrants were instructed to create designs inspired by the Blue Garden at Beacon Hill House, which was dedicated in August, 1913 with a party that was described by the Newport Daily News as “one of the most novel entertainments ever seen in Newport.”

HALI BECKMAN, LTD. and DaPonte’s created “Le Jardin Bleu de Caisse de Panier” garden. The judges hailed the basket-weave design as a “beautifully classic interpretation…of the Olmsted Blue Garden.” While honoring its classic heritage, the garden incorporated touches of modern elegance.

Despite heavy rains on the two days of setup, the weather cleared for the weekend and record numbers attended the flower show. Hali Beckman noted, “We had some of the state’s best designers and contractors, so Mike DaPonte and I are thrilled to be recognized with this award. We salute the high quality of the gardens and wish the participating firms sunny skies for next year’s show.”