Bloom update: It is hard to list all of the spring beauty around us! From the blindingly white dogwoods, Dove tree, and Azaleas, to the blues of the Camassias and bluebells tucked away in corners across the property, to the greens of all of the tree canopies filling in and ferns and may apples below and the rainbow of color already filling out the various garden beds, there is no spot on the property that you should miss!

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

Early Bird Sensory Walks

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 to Tuesday, June 25, 2024 | 6:30 AM - 8 AM

Conifers of Blithewold with Galen Wilbur

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 10 AM - 12 PM

Nature Mandala Series

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 | 6 - 8 PM

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