Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston.
Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, 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 framed by a series of lovely gardens than range in character from mysterious to exotic, and from poetic to workmanlike. 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.
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.
The Mansion is open: The first week of April through mid-October (2014 Season: April 2nd - October 13th), Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm and most Monday holidays, closed on July 4th). The mansion occasionally closes at 3pm for Special Events.
Christmas at Blithewold 2014 - "You are Invited" will open Friday November 28th through January 4 (closed Dec 24 & 25). Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays 11am - 8pm Christmas Sparkle (outdoor event) Friday evenings
Daffodil Days 2015 will open on Tuesday April 7th
Family (2 adults, 2 youths): $24
National Public Radio/Television Member Adult: $9:00
Youth age 6 to 17: $3.00
Children 5 and under: Free
Gift Shop Hours: Same as Mansion (see above)
The Gift Shop at Blithewold, conveniently located in the Visitors Center, carries a variety of garden items and garden inspired items, including:
- Books on gardening and on places of interest in the area;
- A unique selection of gifts including jewelry, candles, children’s items, hats, gourmet food items and garden inspired home accessories;
- Garden ornaments, tools and gardening gloves;
- Blithewold signature shirts, trivets, scarves, magnets.
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
- Sunday, January 04
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 […]