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

Gardeners Round Table: Water Tub Gardening

Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 1 - 2 pm
Would you like a garden that requires no weeding, no watering, and just a few minutes care every other week- and is composed of some of the most beautiful flowers in the plant world? Join Rick Burt for a look at creating tub gardens with waterlilies, lotus, and other aquatic plants. Rick, one of our intrepid garden volunteers, taught our tuberous begonia class last year.

Rick Burt is a garden volunteer who has had a lifelong passion for plants. His particular interests are in water gardening and tuberous begonias.

Meet at the Greenhouse, although we may venture to various locations on the property.

Pre-registration is required.

Gardeners Round Table: Houseplant Triage

Friday, March 2, 2018 | 10 - 11 am
“Bring me your tired, your poor”… your sun-starved houseplants. In this class, we will go over how best to care for your houseplants at the end of a long winter indoors. Pests, diseases, and general decline will be addressed.

Meet at the Greenhouse, although we may venture to various locations on the property.

Pre-registration is required.

Gardeners Round Table: Gardener’s Favorite Gear

Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 1- 2 pm
Ever wonder which shovel is the best investment, which is the most comfortable gardening shoe, or what pruner you should buy? In this Round Table, we will host a panel of experienced gardeners who will share tips, advice, and their favorite gear for working in the gardens all year long.

Amy Hayes, Laura Willson, and Pam Gilpin are professional gardeners with over 50 years of combined experience. Laura Willson is owner and operator of Garden Endeavors, a design and maintenance landscape company. Pam Gilpin is an estate gardener in Newport and Jamestown. Amy Hayes has worked as a professional gardener for TJ Brown company and now is a Sunny Border wholesale plant representative.

Meet at the Greenhouse, although we may venture to various locations on the property.
Pre-registration 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.