Blithewold

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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    From Our Blog

  • What to do with asparagus foliage (Sep 12, '14)
    I haven’t spent a lot of time in the vegetable garden this summer — Dan has been right on top of the planting, the weeds, and the harvests — but this week I found myself in there a couple of times. Gail, Betsy, the volunteers, and I had the pleasure of helping with a huge […]
  • Constructive criticism (Sep 05, '14)
    Our to-do list in September is blissfully short. The gardens are as lush as can be and just need to be coaxed along until frost or until we’re ready to start moving plants around (musical perennials) and preparing for winter. It has been so dry lately that the weeds have slowed down slightly, so we’re […]
  • A Dog’s Life at Blithewold (Sep 03, '14)
    This amusing article was written by our dear friend and colleague, Mary Philbrick, eleven years ago.  It is as charming today as it was then! Blithewold’s Great Lawn is a perfect place for dogs to chase balls, romp with each other, or just run with the sheer joy of having such a grand place on […]
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