Blithewold's Biennial Gala
Gala 2014 "Art of the Garden"
Blithewold's biennial gala, this year titled Art of the Garden, is scheduled for August 16, 2014. The gala theme recognizes and celebrates the art of landscape and garden design. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collis of Barrington are the honorees. Many of the details are coming together, including the choice of band, event decor, and the menu, in collaboration with Russel Morin Fine Catering. Click here to purchase tickets for this year's Gala.
The Gala will also be celebrating the new exhibit coming to Blithewold this summer, Sculpture Embraces Horticulture. This summer, six regionally known sculptors will create original installations in Blithewold's Gardens. Rhode Island sculptor and RISD graduate, Allison Newsome, will curate the three-month outdoor sculpture show. Follow the sculptors through their creative process and get a preview of what's coming to Blithewold this summer, click here.
Gala 2012 "The Yachtsmen's Ball - Celebrating Summers by the Bay"
The 2012 Gala theme celebrated the Van Wickles’ and Lyons’ deep love of yachting, their collection of Herreshoff steam and sailing yachts, and Blithewold’s unique setting on Narragansett Bay which provides a perfect climate for Blithewold’s rich collection of rare and unusual tree specimens. This Gala honored Terry and Lincoln Mossop, East Greenwich, Rhode Island and Janice and Dudley Williams, Bristol, Rhode Island.
Gala 2010 "Aboreta - A Fashionable Evening Under the Trees"
The 2010 Gala celebrated its rare and unusual collection of woody plants and specimen trees. A bit of whimsy was provided by way of a "live birch grove" performed by actors from Ten31 Productions. The cocktail hour was followed by an elegant gourmet dinner prepared flawlessly by Russell Morin Catering. After dinner guests enjoyed dancing under the trees to the swinging sounds of Night Rhythm; a Boston based eight-piece band.
Wednesday, April 15
- Wednesday, October 07
Wednesday Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Thursday, June 04
- Monday, October 05
Bristol Explorer Pass
Saturday, August 08
- Saturday, October 10
Saturday Strolls : A Guided Tour of Blithewold
Thursday, October 08
Gardener's Day 2015 : Style- Inside and Outside the Home
Friday, October 09
Pumpkin/Succulent Arrangement Workshop with Katherine Tracy of Avant Gardens
Saturday, October 10
A Walk with the Director
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