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.
Sculpture Embraces Horticulture Exhibit - August - October 2014
Blithewold is a place where nature meets culture and where the wilderness of Narragansett Bay borders cultivated gardens full of indigenous and international plants that inspired our exhibit's regional, national, and international artists. The artist's contemplation of Blithewold’s unique environment, from the tallest sequoia to the smallest trout lily, brings about a symbiosis of nature and technology.
The interaction between plants and their environment is so complex that plant neurobiology is a newly-emerging field. These emerging realities have intrigued and inspired the selection of artists. In "Sculpture Embraces Horticulture," we witness metal and bamboo art activated by the sun and wind, a tide clock fueled by the rise and fall of the ocean, fabric lit by photovoltaic cells, metal warmed by thermal air currents and a wind harp capturing the breeze off of Narragansett Bay.
Stroll the grounds and embrace the work of these amazing artists. To gollow the sculptors through their creative process, 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.
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Sunday, October 26
Children's Pumpkin Flower-Arrangement Workshop
Thursday, October 30
Designing with Woodies and Shrubs with Polly Hutchison of Robin Hollow Farm
Sunday, November 02
Pruning Practices and Winter Interest Plant Walk
Thursday, November 06
Garden Design Luncheon The Slow Flowers Movement: From Field to Vase
Friday, November 07
Eco-Floral Hands-On Workshop with Debra Prinzing
Friday, November 14
Dahlia Days with Rick Peckham's Greenhouse, Little Compton, RI
Salvia leucantha 'Cislano' photo Kris Green
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What's In Bloom
(Oct 24, '14)
I’d prefer to think that the season is in transition rather than ending but when we start throwing some of summer’s best blooms into the bed of Blithewold’s truck, it definitely feels more like a goodbye than a see-you-later. This week, once again, the rain and a woolly nor’easter held off just long enough for […]
Celebrating Our Arboretum
(Oct 23, '14)
There’s something very new and exciting going on this year in Blithewold’s Visitor’s Center during Christmas at Blithewold. Gail Read, Gardens Manager, Kris Green, Interpretive Horticulturist, and Betsy Ekholm, Horticulturist, have partnered with the garden volunteers to design a display to Celebrate Our Arboretum. Essentially, they are pulling different natural features from throughout the Grounds, preserving […]
A rabbit’s eye view with Noel Kingsbury
(Oct 17, '14)
We are so lucky that yesterday’s rain held off just long enough to take a ground-level tour of Blithewold’s gardens with British garden designer/plantsman/author, Noel Kingsbury. He showed us, plant by plant, exactly what to look for to help predict how different plants will behave in our gardens. He reminded us that plant growth falls along […]