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.
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
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 […]