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 (April 2nd - October 14th), Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm and most Monday holidays, closed on July 4th). The mansion occasionally closes at 3pm for Special Events.
Opening for Daffodil Days 2013 will be April 6th - 28th Tuesday - Sunday
Christmas at Blithewold 2013 - Family Traditions will open Friday November 29th through January 5 (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
Christmas at Blithewold 2014 - November 28th - New Years Day
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.
Thursday, March 27
Lords, Ladies, & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey* Talk & Tea with Curt DiCamillo
Wednesday, April 02
- Wednesday, April 30
Friday, April 04
Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!
(Mar 11, '14)
At a time when we are getting in full swing for our opening, I somehow have managed to get a quick vacation planned for this coming week. While I am looking forward to the relaxation that a slow morning with a cup (or a few) of coffee can bring, my mind will still be thinking […]
A Trip to New Orleans
(Oct 01, '13)
Have you ever marveled at the different ways men and women see historic sites? Here at Blithewold, Docents have to be prepared to answer very different questions from visitors. Marjorie Lyon, herself, was well aware of this disparity, and in … Continue reading