Member of Garden Club of America since 1914

NGC Mission

The Newport Garden Club was incorporated in 1914… “for the purpose of promotion of horticulture and kindred subjects, for the instruction of its members, to collect, hold, and expend funds for horticultural research and publication, and to promote, form, and co-operate with other associations with similar purposes in the United States and abroad.”

Today, the Objects of the Association shall be:
“To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs; to share the advantages of association through conference and correspondence in this country and abroad; to aid in the protection of native plants and birds; and to encourage civic planting.”

Also, in 1914 the club became affiliated with the International Garden Club of New York and the Garden Club of America.  During the next ten years, the Club also became a member club of the RI Federation of Garden Clubs.

As a GCA member-club, we send representatives from our club to (1) the NAL Conference in Washington, DC, each year, (2) the annual Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference, and (3) the national GCA Annual Meeting. Each club votes for the winning GCA Founders Fund project also.  Many of our members participate in local, regional, major and non-major GCA sponsored Flower Shows and Photography shows.

As members of the RIFGC, the Club has participated in the RI Flower Show annually and worked with other clubs on Rhode Island-based civic projects.

Read more about our current activities in the Civic Project section.

The Newport Garden Club is a 501(c)3 organization.

Garden Club of America

In 1914, the Garden Club of America accepted the Newport Garden Club as a member. Over the last one hundred years, NGC has, like a garden, flourished and grown with the fertilization, support and ideas from GCA.

Being part of a national association’s increased awareness of the importance of our environment, then, now, and for the future, be it about air quality, food supply, water purification, land use, pollination, plant documentation and the beauty of our country is the reason the Club thrives.

GCA’s support of its member clubs is the backbone of the association. We all share a common goal, and our successes are shared.

GCA Mission

The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.

Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the country.

Members: Who We Are

The ladies of the Newport Garden Club are a diverse mix of active and dynamic women who are eager to learn more about gardening. The joy of growing from seeds, designing a flower bed of any size, creating a floral arrangement, capturing the early morning light on the garden with your camera, exhibiting in a flower show, improving the landscape of our city and neighboring towns with civic projects–these are some of the reasons the club has thrived over the past one hundred years.

Our members share a love of plants and gardening. Living by the sea creates a need to learn about and protect our natural resources. Newport is an historic area, and the club looks for ways to reflect the past in a modern time.

As we reflect on our 100-year history of accomplishments, we are inspired by the talent, creativity and vision of our members, past and present.

Club Activities: What We Do

Club meetings occur monthly from April thru December with guest speakers, demonstrations, a conservation workshop, in-club flower shows and photography shows. Guests are welcomed at many of our monthly meetings.

Ongoing civic projects include volunteering at the Preservation Society’s Newport Flower Show each June, continual maintenance of the colonial herb garden at Whitehall, and our newest endeavor–the Centennial Reading Garden gift to the City of Newport and the Newport Public Library.

We are proud of our continued work to document some of the most important gardens in our area as part of the GCA’s Garden History and Design Committee project. The detailed process for submissions to the GCA Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian has become the standard for the world’s most exacting museum.  To date “The Whim” and “Parterre” have been accepted.

Gardening Tips

Spring Check List

Time to start gardening.

  • Cut, haul, dump, sharpen, rake, prune.
  • Make way for early bulbs and sprouting perennials.
  • Shop catalogs.
  • Clean your pots. Mix your potting soil.


  • Lemon basil’s citrusy tang is perfect for infusing vinegars and in seafood dishes. Try lime basil too.
  • Purple-hued opal basil is ideal for garnishes–adding a pop of color to salads.
  • Tiny-leaved pistou and fino basils make up for their small size with intense aroma and spicy-sweet taste.

Favorite Tips

Have you ever thought to use…

  • A butter knife to tease new seedlings out of the tray.
  • Chopsticks to rearrange a terrarium.
  • A serrated steak knife to divide small perennials.