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.

…Come and be inspired.

Programs & Events

Winter Marketplace and Preview Party

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Blithewold welcomes you to join us for our first-ever Winter Marketplace – where local traders, purveyors of fine goods, artisans and artists will be selling their wares in the Mansion and outbuildings. Enjoy a great day out with family and friends, and do some holiday shopping! Live music & cider will be served.

Foundations of Floral Design: A 3-Week Design Series

Oct 25, Nov 1, and Nov 5 2016
Gaining a foundation for fabulous floral compositions begins with a series of hands-on workshops that provide the basics for creating festive and artistic designs with flowers as your medium. Laura Seita, Floral CoLab instructor and owner of Fig & Squill, shows you the elements of floral design – beginning with how to select, process, and care for flowers and foliage.

Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room

Afternoon Tea is available at both 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm Tuesday – Friday from November 25 until December 30.
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!

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

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.

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

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