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.
Sunday, November 02
Pruning Practices and Winter Interest Plant Walk
Thursday, November 06
Garden Design Luncheon The Slow Flowers Movement: From Field to Vase
Friday, November 07
Eco-Floral Hands-On Workshop with Debra Prinzing
Friday, November 14
Dahlia Days with Rick Peckham's Greenhouse, Little Compton, RI
Saturday, November 22
Children's Thanksgiving Floral Workshop
Friday, November 28
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Christmas at Blithewold
(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 […]