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 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.
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 (2016 Season: April 1st - October 15th)
- April thru May Hours: Tues-Sun, 11am to 5pm.
- June thru Oct Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am to 4pm. Sun, 10am to 3pm and most Monday holidays.
- Closed on July 4th. The Mansion will occasionally close early for Special Events.
- Christmas at Blithewold 2016: Nov 25th - Jan 1st, Tues, Wed, Sat, & Sun, 11am to 5pm. Thurs & Fri, 11am to 8pm
Family (2 adults, 2 youths): $26
National Public Radio/Television Member Adult: $10:00
Youth age 6 to 17: $4.00
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.
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 […]