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.
Daffodil Days 2014 April 1st - 27th.
Tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils trumpet the arrival of spring at Blithewold. The sight of blooming flowers and budding trees help us forget a dreary winter and look forward to summer's sun.
For the event schedule go to the Programs page of this website. Daffodil Days Programs include:
Afternoon Teas (begin April 8th) Tuesday - Friday.
April Vacation Camp
Click through to our Daffodil Pin Board on Pinterest to see lots and lots of daffodils from years past!
Fairy Festival April 27th 10am - 3pm Blithewold’s 5th Annual Fairy Festival is the day to rejoice in the return of fragrance and beauty to the landscape. Join us for this spring play-day for all ages. Absorb the sights, sounds, and smells of Blithewold’s gardens during this day of revels. Fairy costumes encouraged!
Thursday, March 27
Lords, Ladies, & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey* Talk & Tea with Curt DiCamillo
Wednesday, April 02
- Wednesday, April 30
Friday, April 04
Weeping Japanese pagoda tree
(Sophora japonica 'Pendula')
1-2-14 photo Kris Green
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What's In Bloom
Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!
(Mar 11, '14)
At a time when we are getting in full swing for our opening, I somehow have managed to get a quick vacation planned for this coming week. While I am looking forward to the relaxation that a slow morning with a cup (or a few) of coffee can bring, my mind will still be thinking […]
A Trip to New Orleans
(Oct 01, '13)
Have you ever marveled at the different ways men and women see historic sites? Here at Blithewold, Docents have to be prepared to answer very different questions from visitors. Marjorie Lyon, herself, was well aware of this disparity, and in … Continue reading