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.  

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

  • Cranborne Manor, Dorset, England (Sep 30, '15)
    Blithewold Mansion was built in 1907 on the site of an earlier house which burned in the summer of 1906.  The new house was designed in an English Country Manor style. It has often been said that the west façade of Blithewold is a copy of an English Country Manor in Dorset, England, and there […]
  • Scratch N’ Sniff (Sep 17, '15)
    With Autumn just around the bend, there will be many beautiful sights and sounds.  The rainbow color change of the leaves.  The crunch of fallen foliage under one’s foot.  But right now, I’m leaning into this last week of Summer with every scent I can linger on in the gardens and grounds.  The phrase “Stop and […]
  • The light is changing, but the heat isn’t (Sep 09, '15)
    Hello again gardeners and garden admirers!  It’s Betsy here.  Just wanted to reintroduce myself and say that it’s a pleasure to be updating you on the state of the gardens.     Labor day has come and gone.  How did that happen?  It still feels very much like high summer here at Blithewold.  Gail and […]