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: Winter Tree Identification

Friday, February 16, 2018 | 10 - 11 am
In this class, learn how to key out a tree while also expanding your vocabulary with just a few botany terms. With these tools, identifying trees in winter will be both fun and easy. This will be an indoor class with cut specimens from Blithewold to examine.
Meet at the Greenhouse, although we may venture to various locations on the property.
Pre-registration is required.

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.

Planning and Planting Sustainable Landscapes

Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 1 pm
Join Warren Leach of Tranquil Lake Nursery as he offers planning and planting suggestions to support the creation of gardens and landscapes that minimize the use of limited resources. His design tips and plant recommendations will help you conserve your own precious time and energy as well as our limited natural resources such as water, soil and fossil fuels. Meet a variety of drought tolerant plants, conservation gardening practices and design techniques that will easily translate into your own home.

This event will take place in Blithewold’s living room, followed by refreshments.
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.