Blithewold, an American Garden Treasure

Blithewold is a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay and 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, and is 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.

Our Mission is to preserve New England’s finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others. Come and experience Blithewold today.

…Come and be inspired.


Programs & Events

Gardener’s Round Table: Mixology for Container Soils with Gail Read and Betsy Ekholm

March 24 at 10 am & March 26 at 1 pm
Ever wonder how to get the most of your container plants? Start with the soil! In this discussion Gail Read and Betsy Ekholm, Garden and Greenhouse horticulturists, will focus on the reasons for the different soil mixes used in containers throughout the property. Soil amendments will be on display.
Meet at the Greenhouse, although we may venture to various locations on the property. The group will meet each last Friday and Sunday of most months (except for May, July and August)

Field to Vase with Little State Flower Company and Studio Choo East

Thursday, March 30 6-8 pm
Jill Rizzo, author and owner of Studio Choo East, and Anna Jane Kocon, owner of Little State Flower Company are thrilled to host an informative talk and workshop on the nuances of the flower farmer/florist relationship at Blithewold Mansion. Join us for a fun evening of discussion about the importance of local and U.S. grown flowers to the local economy and environment, what it means to work with seasonal blooms for floral design, and the nature of the relationship between flower farmer and florist. Anna Jane will go into detail about the concepts and ideas behind her specialty cut flower farm, and Jill will offer some insights on what it means to be a florist committed to working with seasonal and local blooms whenever possible.
Wine, cheese and Studio Choo’s books will be available for sale and signing following the discussion.
$20 Member, $25 Non-Member

Spring Afternoon Tea

Tuesday – Friday from April 11th – May 5th
The Dining Room at Blithewold has always been a place where fine meals have been served to cherished guests. Today friends gather and exchange stories while delighting in a cup of tea, freshly baked scones with sweet cream, and a 3-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats. Simply luxurious! We invite you into Blithewold’s Dining Room for Tea.
Come in, sit down, relax, and enjoy the moment.

A place for family and friends to gather and celebrate.

The Van Wickle family hosted many parties and celebrations at Blithewold. One of the most notable celebrations was Marjorie Van Wickle and George Lyon’s wedding, which took place on June 1, 1914, in an elegant outdoor ceremony in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden.

Come and visit Blithewold today!

101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114)
Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809

101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114), Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809