The safety of our visitors, members, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. We are monitoring the recommendations of the CDC and state health authorities daily. We support Governor Raimondo’s request to limit social interaction and have closed Blithewold’s entire property to visitors until further notice. We are postponing all upcoming private events, classes, and programs through May 15.


Please, try and take a few minutes each day to find some new sign of Spring in your own back yard!

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

Live Stream: Make a Wattle Fence

Friday, March 27, 2020 | 10 AM

Naturalistic Planting on a Domestic Scale

Friday, May 15, 2020 | 11 AM - 1 PM

Heirloom Fashion Talk and Tea

Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 11 AM

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