Ranked by Yankee Magazine as one of the five best public gardens in New England, Blithewold, formerly home to the Van Wickle family, is a 45-room English-style manor mansion filled with family heirlooms, framed by a series of lovely gardens and arboretum on Narragansett Bay.
Summer Highlights include:
Music at Sunset
Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay, all while savoring a kaleidoscope of musical performances over the summer. Our exciting musical line-up this year includes jazz, swing, boogie-woogie & blues, folk and even some opera. A perfect way to celebrate the summer with friends and family! Click here to see the season schedule.
Family Fun Friday
Aside from a day at the beach, Blithewold’s Family Fun Fridays are the ultimate family-friendly way to enjoy an early summer afternoon. Bring a picnic, a blanket to sit on, and enjoy the show! Each week, dance and sing along with the kids to a variety of educational and interactive musical performances.
After the performance from 11 to Noon, there will be a fun nature-inspired craft activity, face painting, and free slices of pizza from Leo’s Ristorante from noon to 1 p.m. (Since there is only one slice of pizza per person, you may want to bring additional food items for your picnic.)
Rain or shine! Click here to see the season schedule.
Sculpture Embraces Horticulture August - October 2014
This summer, six regionally known sculptors will create original installations in Blithewold's Gardens. Rhode Island sculptor and RISD graduate, Allison Newsome, will curate the three-month outdoor sculpture show. Follow the sculptors through their creative process and get a preview of what's coming to Blithewold this summer click here.
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.
To find out more about what else you can do while you're in Bristol, visit the Explore Bristol website or download the mobile app.
Tuesday, June 03
- Thursday, August 28
Yoga in the Garden
Wednesday, July 02
- Wednesday, October 08
Wednesday 2:30 pm Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Monday, July 14
- Friday, July 18
Camp Sequoia - Fun and Fitness
Rosa 'Easy Does It'
6-26-14 photo Kris Green
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What's In Bloom
(Jul 11, '14)
The gardens are going through a bittersweet transition from June’s hurrah to a mid-summer huzzah, and although we sometimes experience a “July gap,” the shift seems pretty seamless this year. Delicate oxeye daisies gave way almost overnight to beefy Shastas, echinaceas, and rudbeckias. Sturdy summer phlox are taking over, as we speak, for the elegance […]
(Jul 11, '14)
It is very hard to believe that a month has passed since my last post, Getting it done. Even more incredulous are the vast changes the garden has seen since that time. For instance, the peas went from looking like this… To being a week past due for pulling out! I had been hoping they […]
(Jun 27, '14)
I recently visited Gettysburg and found Pardee Field where Bessie’s brother, Ario Pardee, led his men (Pennsylvania 147th) into battle on the 3rd day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3rd, 1863. There is a huge granite boulder in the middle of the field, with brass letters ‘Pardee Field’ on one side, and a description […]