Blithewold, an American Garden Treasure

Blithewold is a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay and 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, and is 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.

Our Mission is to preserve New England’s finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others. Come and experience Blithewold today.

…Come and be inspired.


Programs & Events

Gardeners Round Table: How-To’s of Tuberous Begonias with Rick Burt

Friday, April 28 at 10 am & Sunday, April 30 at 1 pm
Have you ever thought about growing tuberous begonias but felt a little intimidated? Have you wondered how these beautiful flowers were developed? Come and join garden volunteer Rick Burt in the greenhouse for a small group workshop on the history and care of tuberous begonias. Everyone will plant their own rose form begonia tuber, all set and ready to grow.
$5 Materials fee
Meet at the Greenhouse, although we may venture to various locations on the property.
This is a FREE program for Blithewold Members. $5 Non-member. Register early, space is limited.

Family Nature Discovery Walks

April 18 & April 20
Join us for an afternoon of observing and connecting to our natural world, important for both kids and adults in our busy lives. Participants will use a special nature observation kit, which includes a magnifying glass and observation box, to explore the vibrant world around them. Gardens Manager and tour leader Gail Read will guide us toward discovering for ourselves the sensory delights of nature.
The tour will begin in the Rose Garden, just behind the Visitors Center. Please wear comfortable, waterproof shoes.
Feel free to arrive early and enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds!
Register early, space is limited.

Spring Afternoon Tea

Tuesday – Friday from April 11th – May 5th
The Dining Room at Blithewold has always been a place where fine meals have been served to cherished guests. Today friends gather and exchange stories while delighting in a cup of tea, freshly baked scones with sweet cream, and a 3-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats. Simply luxurious! We invite you into Blithewold’s Dining Room for Tea.
Come in, sit down, relax, and enjoy the moment.

A place for family and friends to gather and celebrate.

The Van Wickle family hosted many parties and celebrations at Blithewold. One of the most notable celebrations was Marjorie Van Wickle and George Lyon’s wedding, which took place on June 1, 1914, in an elegant outdoor ceremony in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden.

Come and visit Blithewold today!

101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114)
Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809

101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114), Bristol, Rhode Island, 02809