Blithewold's education programs are available to custom tailior your group's experience. We realize that each group is unique and so we've created a selection of interactive workshops and tours available to create your own special day at Blithewold.

Interactive Offerings for Group Tours

Art Programs

Postcards from the Gardens

Sketching Tour of Blithewold

Fairy House in a Basket

Yoga Programs

Yoga

Music Programs

A Cup Full of Sound and Beauty

Songs and Music Before the Great Depression

Garden Programs

Behind the Scenes Flower Garden Tour

The Charm of a Late Season Garden (August - October)

Tour of the Cutting Garden Followed by Floral Arranging

Trees of Blithewold

History Programs

Blithewold History

Legacy of an American Family

View from the North Garden by Mary Ellen Dwyer

Art Programs

Postcards from the Gardens 

Learn (or renew) basic techniques of watercolor painting on postcard sized sheets to capture scenes of beautiful Blithewold. Bring a camera. Some drawing experience required.

  • No weekends
  • 45 minutes – 1 Hour

Schedule at least 3 weeks prior to your groups expected visit date.

Prerequisite: Some drawing experience

Group Size: 10 - 12 people

Instructor's Fee per Group: $50

Individual Workshop Fee: $25 (includes you-get-to-keep supplies)

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Sketching Tour of Blithewold

Capture the beauty of Blithewold on this sketching tour after a quick review of drawing techniques such as shading, contour drawing and use of negative space. Create several quick sketches or one detailed sketch on the grounds of this lovely estate. Bring a camera. Some drawing experience required.

  • No weekends
  • 45 minutes - 1 hour

Schedule at least 3 weeks prior to your groups expected visit date.

Prerequisite: Some drawing experience

Group Size: 10 - 12 people

Instructor's Fee per Group: $50

Individual Workshop Fee: $8 - $10 (includes you-get-to-keep supplies)

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Fairy House in a Basket

Participants will make a fairy house and take it home.
25-30 participants
$75 class fee
$30 supply fee per person
1 ½ hour

Schedule at least 3 weeks prior to your groups expected visit date.

Prerequisite: None

Group Size: 25 - 30 participants

Instructor's Fee per Group: $75

Individual Workshop Fee: $30 (includes you-get-to-keep supplies)

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Yoga Programs

Yoga

Yoga, yoga stretch, chair yoga; Participants provide mat, beach towel or cushion and water

 

  • 1 hour (can be less)

Group Size: Up to 100 people

Instructor's Fee per Group: $50

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Music Programs

A Cup Full of Sound and Beauty

Two musicians with 16th century wind instruments present music and songs celebrating the beauty of nature in the Blithewold gardens.

  • 30 - 45 minutes

Group Size: 20-50 participants ages 15 to adult

Instructor's Fee per Group: $240

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Songs and Music Before the Great Depression

Two musicians present songs and stories with 16th century wind instruments, piano and guitar reflecting entertainment when Blithewold was young.

  • 30 - 45 minutes

Group Size: 20-50 participants ages 15 to adult

Instructor's Fee per Group: $240

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Garden Programs

Behind the Scenes Flower Garden Tour

This tour will look closer at our flower garden practices such as soil enhancing, fertilizing, plant choices for perennials, annuals and bulbs, dead heading and cutting back; all to benefit continuous blooms throughout the season.

  • 1 ½ hours

Group Size: 25 participants

Instructor's Fee per Group: $75

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The Charm of a Late Season Garden (August – October)

This tour will focus on perennial and annual plant selections for a late season garden. Emphasis will be on late blooming perennials, tender perennials, long lasting annuals and dahlias.

  • 1 ½ hours

Group Size: 25 participants

Instructor's Fee per Group: $75

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Tour of the Cutting Garden Followed by Floral Arranging

Tour the cutting garden followed by a floral arranging class. Participants will get to take home an arrangement from Blithewold.

  • 1 ½ - 2 hours

Group Size: 25-30 participants

Instructor's Fee per Group: $75 class fee

Individual Workshop Fee: $15 supply fee per person

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The Trees of Blithewold

Join Dan Christina, Assistant Grounds Manager, as he introduces the many unusual specimen trees in Blithewold’s arboretum.

  • 1 hour
  • Considerable walking is involved

Maximum Group Size: 40 participants

Instructor's Fee per Group: $75

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History Programs

Blithewold History

A PowerPoint presentation by Margaret Whitehead, curator

  • 1 hour

Maximum Group Size: 20 participants

Instructor's Fee per Group: $50

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Legacy of an American Family

Book discussion by Margaret Whitehead, curator

  • 1 hour

Maximum Group Size: 20 participants

Instructor's Fee per Group: $50

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    From Our Blog

  • Not goodbye (Oct 24, '14)
    I’d prefer to think that the season is in transition rather than ending but when we start throwing some of summer’s best blooms into the bed of Blithewold’s truck, it definitely feels more like a goodbye than a see-you-later. This week, once again, the rain and a woolly nor’easter held off just long enough for […]
  • Celebrating Our Arboretum (Oct 23, '14)
    There’s something very new and exciting going on this year in Blithewold’s Visitor’s Center during Christmas at Blithewold. Gail Read, Gardens Manager, Kris Green, Interpretive Horticulturist, and Betsy Ekholm, Horticulturist, have partnered with the garden volunteers to design a display to Celebrate Our Arboretum. Essentially, they are pulling different natural features from throughout the Grounds, preserving […]
  • A rabbit’s eye view with Noel Kingsbury (Oct 17, '14)
    We are so lucky that yesterday’s rain held off just long enough to take a ground-level tour of Blithewold’s gardens with British garden designer/plantsman/author, Noel Kingsbury. He showed us, plant by plant, exactly what to look for to help predict how different plants will behave in our gardens. He reminded us that plant growth falls along […]
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