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Ocean View features 35 species of trees and shrubs, including historic lindens and yews believed to date back to the construction of the house in 1866. In later years, the original plantings were supplemented with new specimen trees including a collection of five dogwood cultivars, a Stewartia koreana, and an Ilex ‘Lydia Morris.’
As founder of the Newport Tree Society, Ocean View’s owner, Lilly Dick, is dedicated to the protection of the landscape’s historic trees. The Newport Tree Society and The Newport Arboretum is concerned both with the protection and enhancement of the urban forest, and the historic landscapes that tell the story of American landscape architecture and exploratory horticulture. Ms. Dick is dedicated to the use of the landscape as a point of study for Newport students and an impetus for education in heritage horticulture.