About Blithewold

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.

Hours               

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.

The Gardens & Grounds: Year-round Monday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays 10am to 3pm. The grounds & gardens occasionally close early 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

ADMISSION

Members: Free

Family (2 adults, 2 youths): $24
Adults: $11.00
Seniors/AAA: $10.00
Military/Students: $9.00
National Public Radio/Television Member Adult: $9:00
Youth age 6 to 17: $3.00
Children 5 and under: Free

Purchase Tickets Online

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.

Directions


Click here for a map

 

    From Our Blog

  • Serving up a feast (Jul 25, '14)
    Whenever anyone asks, “When is the best time to visit Blithewold?” Gail and I usually run through a list that includes spring for the daffodils, early summer for the roses and Rock Garden, and late summer and fall to see the Idea Gardens in their full glory. But now I wish I could go back and […]
  • On formality and fine tuning (Jul 18, '14)
    Mother Nature dumped almost three more inches of rain on Blithewold this week and the gardens responded by growing with an exuberance bordering on, and even crossing over the line to loose, lush informality. I have a hard time defining formality when it comes to gardens though I’m sure I know it when I see […]
  • Mid-summer shift (Jul 11, '14)
    The gardens are going through a bittersweet transition from June’s hurrah to a mid-summer huzzah, and although we sometimes experience a “July gap,” the shift seems pretty seamless this year. Delicate oxeye daisies gave way almost overnight to beefy Shastas, echinaceas, and rudbeckias. Sturdy summer phlox are taking over, as we speak, for the elegance […]
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