Step Into Springtime During the 2024 Daffodil Days! April 13 - April 21, 2024

Each April, Blithewold opens its gates to welcome visitors just as springtime begins. This April, our famous display has been expanded! We planted an additional 40,000 daffodil bulbs this past fall. Together, the new bulbs and the existing will bring us close to having 100,000 daffodils, in 80 varieties. We also added another 15K spring bulbs, giving us a 8-10 week display of the first flowers of spring all across this 33-acre seaside estate!

The first week, timed to the annual school vacation week, is filled not only with flowers, but lots of fun-for-the-whole-family programming that celebrates springtime and our favorite yellow-flower friends. Come and stroll the grounds at your leisure. Or visit our program pages to register for afternoon tea, concert or workshop that's just right for you and your favorite group of friends.

"We see daffodils, and we feel lighter. We sense we now walk in springtime. ... And nowhere does the daffodil beckon us to come see its show more than at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island." -- Yankee Magazine, April 2023, Sunny-Side Up - Mel Allen

Daffodils are just the beginning

But daffodils are just the beginning of the springtime parade of ephemeral blooms, bulbs, and blossoms. Watch our social media for “Don’t Miss” moments – photos of the gardens and grounds, showing you what Mother Nature is featuring on any given day.

Springtime treats include:
April – Dozens of varieties of Daffodils
Early May – Star Magnolia, Quince, Spirea, Flowering Cherry, Primroses, Corylopsis, Hyacinth, Balkan Anemone, Enkianthus, Honeysuckle, Sweet Shrub, Weigela, and Viburnum
Mid-May – Tulips, Magnolia, Crabapple, Cherries, Primrose, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Trillium, Mayapple, Dove Tree, Witch Alder, Woodland Phlox, Sweet Woodruff, Spanish Bluebells, and Euphorbia
Late May – Jack in the Pulpit, Ornamental Onions, Columbines, Ferns, Lupines, Japanese Snowbell, Campanula, Nepeta, Forget-Me-Nots, Violas, Summer Snowflake, Sicilian Honey Garlic, and Deutzia