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.

TRAFFIC/ROAD CLOSURE: Ferry Road in Bristol is closed to local traffic only until April 13, 2018. Anyone traveling over the Mt. Hope Bridge, north or south Route 136, or south on Route 114 should allow for 15 minutes of extra travel time AND access Ferry Road through Griswold Avenue off of Rt. 136.

There will be a road sign stating road closed, but you can go through the cones and proceed down Griswold. Turn left at the stop sign onto Ferry Road. Blithewold is 1/2 mile on the right.

 

Programs & Events

Historic Houses and Gardens in New England

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 6 - 7:30 pm
One could spend several happy months visiting the places Willit Mason describes in his useful 2017 guidebook: notable homes, stately mansions, formal gardens, art collections, ocean views, and much more. Join Mason at Blithewold Mansion for a visual presentation on highlights of houses and gardens in the New England area. Mason’s comprehensive and well-researched guide is a new standard for New England visitors and will be available for sale/signing after the presentation. Wine and cheese will be served. Pre-registration is required.

Extending the Season

Monday, April 23, 2018 | 10 am - Noon
Come learn from Wayne Mezitt, local plant expert and owner of Weston Nurseries, how to extend the spring bloom season. This visual presentation will highlight traditional and fringe rhododendron, azaleas and other spring blooms, and point to a variety of plants that can bring color into your home landscape. Bring your questions to this interactive discussion.

Members $10, Nonmembers $12
Pre-registration is required.

Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of a Hive

Friday, April 27, 2018 | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Blithewold’s beekeepers, Mark Hilyard and Kevin Kennedy will be on-site to give a talk that discusses the beekeeping process, an overview of a year in the life of a beehive, and what makes Blithewold a special place for keeping bees. Guests will have the opportunity to explore beekeeping equipment and weather permitting, walk out to the apiary to view the hives from a safe distance. No special gear is required.

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

TRAFFIC/ROAD CLOSURE: Ferry Road in Bristol is closed to local traffic only until December 15, 2017. Anyone traveling over the Mt. Hope Bridge, north or south Route 136, or south on Route 114 should allow for 15 minutes of extra travel time AND access Ferry Road through Griswold Avenue off of Rt. 136.

There will be a road sign stating road closed, but you can go through the cones and proceed down Griswold. Turn left at the stop sign onto Ferry Road. Blithewold is 1/2 mile on the right.