Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

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United States of America - Rhode Island - Bristol

Institution Code: BLITH

BGCI Member: No

ArbNet Accredited: Level II

About the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Blithewold, located in Bristol, RI, is 33 acres of lawns, gardens, specimen trees, and historic stone structures. Walking the grounds, you may be drawn to the cool shade of the Bosquet (“enclosed woodland”), enjoy the solitude of the Water Garden, absorb the history of the Enclosed Garden, or be dazzled by the abundance of the Display Gardens. You’ll surely notice the sweeping 10‑acre Great Lawn and views to Narragansett Bay—the perfect setting for over 300 different kinds of trees and shrubs.

Our Mission:
To preserve New England's finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others.

Main Address:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
101 Ferry Road (Route 114)
Rhode Island 02809 United States of America

Telephone: (401) 253-2707
Fax: (401) 253-0412
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Karen Binder, Executive Director
    Curator's Name: Fred Perry, Director of Horticulture
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Date founded: 1907
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 13 Hectares
    Latitude: 41.6350390
    Longitude: -71.2489210
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 35000
    Number of Volunteers: 200

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Aceraceae, Cydrella sinensis, Phyllostachys aureo var. falcata.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes