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, 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.
Blithewold, an American Garden Treasure
Programs & Events
Outstanding American Gardens Field Trip Series
August 25, 2016
The Garden Conservancy is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a beautifully illustrated book Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration: 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy. Join Blithewold on a series of “field trips” to visit some outstanding New England gardens.
Music at Sunset: Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays, 6PM – 8PM
Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay, all while savoring a kaleidoscope of musical performances. A perfect way to celebrate the summer with friends and family!
Stephen Procter Sanctuaries and Destinations: Clay Vessels in the Garden
June 4 – October 10
Blithewold welcomes the bold lines and generous volumes of Stephen Procter’s handmade ceramic vessels to Blithewold. Procter will be creating almost 20 vessels for Blithewold, which will stand harmoniously in the gardens throughout the estate.
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.