Give the gift of time and become part of a very special group. As a Blithewold volunteer you will play a major role in helping to ensure the survival of an important and historic landmark. Make new friends, interact with people from around the world and increase your knowledge of history, architecture and horticulture, while enjoying a beautiful and social environment.
Come behind the scenes and work as a Receptionist/Office Assistant. Be the voice of Blithewold while answering the telephone and assisting callers. Our small friendly staff is always in need of help with special projects. Flexible hours are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Computer skills are desirable but not mandatory.
If meeting and greeting people is your strong point, working in the Mansion or the Visitor Center could be just what you are looking for. Assist our guests by selling admission tickets and gift items in the Visitor Center, or bring the Van Wickle family to life for our visitors to the Mansion. Training is provided and shifts are available Tuesday thru Sunday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
You may be the one we want if you are passionate about gardens and interacting with visitors. Garden docents help our visitors, and answer questions in our spectacular gardens on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from June to September. If you like getting dirty and digging in the earth, limited positions for Garden Volunteers are available assisting our horticultural staff on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from Spring to Fall. Training is provided for both positions by our horticultural staff.
Hospitality volunteers are always in demand to help with teas, luncheons, educational programs and other fund raising events.
Become a Christmas Volunteer and enjoy the magic of the Holidays and see Blithewold in a unique and special way. Hundreds of volunteers are needed as the Mansion is transformed into a winter fantasy land. There is something for everyone from mid- October through the beginning of January. Help with the transformation, sell beautiful gift items and admission tickets, greet visitors, serve tea and treats, try your hand at crafts, or create the best gingerbread house.
To become a volunteer, contact Connie Ganley, Volunteer Coordinator at Ext. 18 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 02
Pruning Practices and Winter Interest Plant Walk
Thursday, November 06
Garden Design Luncheon The Slow Flowers Movement: From Field to Vase
Friday, November 07
Eco-Floral Hands-On Workshop with Debra Prinzing
Friday, November 14
Dahlia Days with Rick Peckham's Greenhouse, Little Compton, RI
Saturday, November 22
Children's Thanksgiving Floral Workshop
Friday, November 28
- Sunday, January 04
Christmas at Blithewold
(Oct 24, '14)
I’d prefer to think that the season is in transition rather than ending but when we start throwing some of summer’s best blooms into the bed of Blithewold’s truck, it definitely feels more like a goodbye than a see-you-later. This week, once again, the rain and a woolly nor’easter held off just long enough for […]
Celebrating Our Arboretum
(Oct 23, '14)
There’s something very new and exciting going on this year in Blithewold’s Visitor’s Center during Christmas at Blithewold. Gail Read, Gardens Manager, Kris Green, Interpretive Horticulturist, and Betsy Ekholm, Horticulturist, have partnered with the garden volunteers to design a display to Celebrate Our Arboretum. Essentially, they are pulling different natural features from throughout the Grounds, preserving […]
A rabbit’s eye view with Noel Kingsbury
(Oct 17, '14)
We are so lucky that yesterday’s rain held off just long enough to take a ground-level tour of Blithewold’s gardens with British garden designer/plantsman/author, Noel Kingsbury. He showed us, plant by plant, exactly what to look for to help predict how different plants will behave in our gardens. He reminded us that plant growth falls along […]