First Day of Fall- Family Fun & Fitness
Join Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, as we kick off Fall, and a new school year, with a healthy day of fun and fitness for the whole family! All activities are free for Members, or included with regular mansion admission for Non-members. We welcome all guests to enjoy a their own healthy picnic on the grounds in-between activities!
Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts? – Story time, healthy food taste challenge, and a book signing with award-winning local author Joy Feldman
Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? is no ordinary adventure story. Adoringly absurd and filled with laugh-out-loud appeal, this delightful picture book will amuse and educate.On this delicious journey toward healthy choices, kids will learn that "they are what they eat." Your appetite for this charming story, Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? will be insatiable.
With each delicious “bite of knowledge,” author Joy Feldman empowers young people to take control of their own diet and health. She will invite children to take part in a “Yum or Yuck” healthy food taste challenge, and then, through an interactive learning program, teach kids to juice fresh fruits and vegetables.Copies of her books will be available for sale/signing after the program. To learn more about Joy Feldman, go to
Family Sensory Garden Walk
A garden is a feast for the senses! Blithewold invites the whole family to experience the beauty and life of the garden—not only with their eyes, but with their ears, fingers, toes, and nose! Join us in celebrating the wonderful world of plants — their fragrances, sounds, colors, textures, tastes, and movement.
In our Sensory Walk around the grounds, horticulturists Gail Reed and Tricia Bailey will help us uncover all of these horticultural sensory delights. Participants will be able use all five of their senses as they touch and smell and explore the many plants, trees, and shrubs that we will encounter on our walk.
The tour will begin at the Rose Garden, please wear comfortable walking shoes. We will explore our sense of taste by enjoying some fresh-from-the garden refreshments at the end of our walk.
To register for First Day of Fall - Family Fun & Fitness please click here.
Tuesday, April 05
- Friday, May 13
Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room
Wednesday, April 06
- Wednesday, October 05
Friday, April 15
- Friday, May 06
Daffodils at Dusk
Saturday, April 16
- Saturday, May 28
Exploring the Spring Garden
Saturday, April 16
- Saturday, October 08
Monday, May 02
Canceled- Sogetsu Ikebana
A Boy’s Trip to Europe, 1869
(Apr 27, '16)
In 1869, 16-year-old Israel Pardee left his home in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, for a one-year educational journey through Europe, accompanied by his younger sister Anne. Israel (known in the family as Izzie) was Bessie McKee’s older brother and became Marjorie Van Wickle’s favorite Uncle. Izzie and Anne had joined the family of their father’s friend, Dr. […]
(Apr 22, '16)
Daffodil Days here at Blithewold are in full swing. The soft, sweet fragrance of the flowers wafts toward me whenever I walk near the Bosquet. It’s positively enticing! I could wax poetic about each daffodil variety we have here, but I thought it would be better to let them speak for themselves. So, in lieu […]
(Apr 15, '16)
This post is written by Gail Read, the Gardens Manager here at Blithewold. She has been here at Blithewold for over 25 years and is a fountain of knowledge about the plants and the property. Daffodils lift our spirits when they bloom each year. They signal the end of our weary winter and the […]