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

Industry Innovators: The Next Generation of Horticultural Rock Stars

Monday, June 4, 2018 | 2 - 6 pm
Be inspired as this coming generation of horticultural innovators shares how they are breathing new life into the “green” industry. Join us at Blithewold Mansion under the tent for discussions on horticulture, landscape design, arboriculture, cut-flower farming and how these young professionals have adapted their businesses and have found success.

Food truck, live music and networking during the dinner/cocktail hour.

Credits offered. Food included.

$55 Members (Blithewold, RINLA, ISA, APLD, ASCFG, NOFA)
$65 Nonmembers

The Amazing Adventure at Blithewold with Thrive Outside

Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 12 - 3 pm
In an adventure through the Blithewold grounds, participants hunt for clues and move through a series of stations that present different intellectual and physical obstacles. This will be a fun AND fund-raising “field day” for all ages! Food trucks, music, raffles, picnicking and more!

Proceeds support Blithewold and Thrive Outside, a non-profit dedicated to helping young people thrive through outdoor learning and nature play.”

Music at Sunset: Summer Concert Series

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 to Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 6 pm - 8 pm
Spread out a blanket and unpack the picnic basket, soak up the warmth of the summer sun, and enjoy the sunset over Narragansett Bay, all while savoring a kaleidoscope of musical performances. A perfect way to celebrate the summer with friends and family!

Guests are encouraged to BYOB, picnic dinner, and chairs or blankets. Click to see the full concert line up!

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