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.
Tuesday, March 31
- Sunday, April 26
Friday, April 03
- Friday, May 01
Daffodils at Dusk
Tuesday, April 14
- Friday, May 15
Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room
Wednesday, April 15
- Wednesday, October 07
Wednesday Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Monday, April 20
- Friday, April 24
April Vacation Camp
Wednesday, April 22
School Vacation Week: Family Nature Discovery Walks: Earth Day
Nearly open daffodils in the Bosquet
4-15-15 photo Kris Green
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What's In Bloom
Fresh air and excercise
(Apr 17, '15)
This past week was just what the doctor ordered. Sunshine and temperatures in the 50s and 60s made being up and out absolutely irresistible — for us and the spring flowers we’ve been waiting so (im)patiently for. Everything that, as of last week, still seemed tightly budded and winter-stunted is suddenly busting to bloom. The daffodils have started opening and, depending […]
(Apr 10, '15)
I don’t want you to get too excited by the title of this post. Signs of spring are popping out, bit by bit, but we’re not seeing many flowers yet. We’re still waiting for the daffodils to make an appearance. That said, feel free to do a little dance if you want to (I do) because it won’t […]
(Apr 03, '15)
This week the temperatures softened just enough to keep spring from hitting the snooze button again and made being outside in the gardens totally irresistible. We didn’t leave a lot in the Rose or North Gardens to cut back (we adhere to the tradition of putting those gardens “to bed” in the fall for the sake of […]