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.
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 this dreary winter and look forward to summer fun.
Daffodil Days Programs Include:
Afternoon Teas (begin April 14th) Tuesday - Friday 1 & 3 pm.
Bristol Garden Club Standard Placement Flower Show - April 18 & 19
Daffodils at Dusk - a Sunset Garden Party April 17, 24 & May 1st
April Vacation Camp
April Vacation Week- House and Grounds open until 7pm
To find out more about what else you can do while you're in Bristol, visit the Explore Bristol website or download the mobile app.
Wednesday, April 15
- Wednesday, October 07
Wednesday Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Wednesday, May 13
- Wednesday, June 17
Friday, May 29
Cancelled: Adventures in Baking: Herbs, Flowers, Fruits
Tuesday, June 02
- Thursday, September 03
Yoga in the Garden
Wednesday, June 03
- Wednesday, June 24
Highlights of the new Archival Collections Tour
Thursday, June 04
Garden Bouquet Making with Blithewold’s Gardens Manager Gail Read
Daffodils in the Bosquet, Hooray!
4-24-15 photo Kris Green
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What's In Bloom
(May 15, '15)
It’s not often anymore that my posts fall on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and I’m thrilled for the excuse to post endless pictures of what’s happening on the grounds right now. The daffodils have pretty much gone by, except for the extra-pretty latest ones, but spring is ready to move on and so am I. May […]
Stop and smell the daffodils
(May 08, '15)
Of all the seasons, spring is the one that puts every sense on high alert. We’re all eyes for the colors, have sharp ears for frog and bird songs (we heard the orioles this week), and those of us not plagued by allergies have been breathing so deeply to catch every scent we’re getting lightheaded. Or is it […]
The Trip on the Lusitania
(May 01, '15)
In April 1910 Bessie and William McKee, with Marjorie and 11-year old Augustine, took a 2-month long trip to Europe taking in the major cities and traveling first-class all the way. They sailed on Cunard’s R.M.S. Carmania from New York to Liverpool, England, where they were met by their own chauffeur, Krohe, in their […]