Join us for Pastry on the Porch | Thursdays and Fridays | May 16 – August 30 | Seatings are at 11 AM & 1 PM | Click here to reserve your table

Bloom update: With the majority of the Spring bulbs behind us, the gardens, shrubs, and trees are picking up.  Hundreds of Rhododendrons are opening up in white, lavender, purples, and pink.  Deutzias, Spireas, Viburnums and more fill your vision as the canopy above creates shady strolls for the coming hot days. Roses and Hydrangeas are not far off!

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

Weeds in the Garden: ID Class

Friday, June 14, 2024 | 10 AM

Quilts: Traditional to Contemporary

Saturday, June 22, 2024 | 10 AM - 12 PM

Nature Journal Workshop

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 to Tuesday, October 15, 2024 | 10 AM - 12 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