Blithewold

Each April Blithewold opens its gates to welcome visitors as springtime begins. The season unfurls with our well-known daffodil display, covering this 33-acre seaside estate with over fifty thousand daffodils that delight visitors for nearly a month.

But, daffodils are just the beginning of the springtime parade of ephemeral blooms, bulbs and blossoms. Watch our social media for “don’t miss moments”; photos of the gardens and grounds showing you what Mother Nature is featuring on any given day.

Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring – and unique to Blithewold. Come…and be inspired.

Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England is 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston.

Our Mission: To preserve New England’s finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others.

 

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    What's In Bloom

  • Ranunculus
    Apricot ranunculus just coming into bloom
    and ready to move into the North Garden.
    We potted the tuberous roots back in
    February. So worth the wait!
    Click here to view more photos

    From Our Blog

  • Ranunculus are here! (May 27, '16)
      Spring is definitely in full swing here and already hinting at summer!  It was so warm this week that the lovely spring blooms we’ve been anxiously awaiting buckled a bit with the first blast of heat.  They have since recovered, but not without making our hearts skip a beat thinking they may go by […]
  • Springing into action (May 06, '16)
    Despite the wretched weather this week, we ushered in May with a flurry of activity.  The volunteers helped us pot up 100 dahlias in preparation for planting out in the gardens next month.  They also transplanted Cosmos and Zinnia seedlings that will eventually be planted in the Cutting Garden.  We are trialing about a dozen […]
  • A Boy’s Trip to Europe, 1869 (Apr 27, '16)
    In 1869, 16-year-old Israel Pardee left his home in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, for a one-year educational journey through Europe, accompanied by his younger sister Anne. Israel (known in the family as Izzie) was Bessie McKee’s older brother and became Marjorie Van Wickle’s favorite Uncle. Izzie and Anne had joined the family of their father’s friend, Dr. […]
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