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

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ginkgo, but Were Afraid to Ask

Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 10 am - 12 pm
Join Dr. Peter Del Tredici of the Arnold Arboretum for an in-depth look at one of the most ancient and fascinating trees on the planet. Peter has been studying the natural history and evolution of this tree for the last twenty-five years and is a world authority on the subject. His travels have taken him to remote areas in southwest China in search of wild-growing Ginkgos as well as to many botanical gardens in Europe and the United States. Peter has studied the cultivation of the Ginkgo for ornamental purposes as well as for the production of leaves to make an extract that some people take to improve their memories.
Tea and scones to follow the talk.
Member:$30, Non-Members:$35

Bristol Theatre Company Presents a Musical Showcase

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bring a picnic dinner and listen to a variety of songs from oldies to Top 40 to Broadway performed by some of Rhode Island’s most talented musicians! Enjoy your dinner and great musical talent under the Blithewold tent with a beautiful coastal view. You don’t want to miss this event! Support Bristol Theatre Company and BlithwoldMansion – performance art and historical art working together!
Grounds open at 6 pm for setting up seats and enjoying picnics.
Performance begins at 7 pm

Register today!

Love Life Yoga Celebration

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 10 am - 2 pm
Come to move, connect, and uplift one another in Blithewold’s inspirational waterfront garden and arboretum. Enjoy ongoing yoga sessions, including gentle yoga and meditation, partner yoga, yoga dance and movement, and Bikram yoga live music and chant, plus Castaway Gourmet Food Truck, vendors, and more!

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