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Press Release for Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Not your ordinary garden tour

The success of last year’s spectacular GARDENS OPEN FOR BLITHEWOLD in the Newport and South Counties of Rhode Island continues into 2000 as Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum of Bristol, RI hosts its second series of private garden tours, this time in Watch Hill and Weekapaug, RI and Westport, MA.

The gardens for Series I, Watch Hill and Weekapaug, will be open both June 23 and 24. Many of these ocean-side gardens are designed to peak in the summer months when the owners are in residence. Whether it be for the heaths and heathers, the cottage gardens, or the ocean vistas, visitors will delight at this rare glimpse of some of Rhode Island’s most sumptuous private gardens.

Later in the summer Series II features gardens of Westport, MA, which will be open August 18 and 19. Two months can make such a difference in a garden and the height of summer is a perfect time to see some of Westport’s most gorgeous gardens as they reach their peak. The stunning backdrop to many of these gardens is the beautiful Westport River and surrounding marshlands, ponds and ocean. An enchanting cottage garden, an unusual and charming sunny Irish moss garden, delicious vegetable gardens, and an airy meadow walk will inspire all who visit this idyllic part of Massachusetts.

An added bonus for those on the Westport MA tour in August, on Friday the 18th only, will be the opportunity to visit Quansett Nurseries in nearby South Dartmouth. Quansett is a wholesale nursery specializing in New England grown plant material. It is not normally open to the public but visitors on the tour will be able to purchase plants at wholesale prices.

All gardens will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. Advance purchase of joint tickets for both Series is $40 for members of Blithewold and $50 for non-members. Tickets for a single Series in advance is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and for a single Series on the day of the tour the price is $30. Tickets are limited so advance reservations are highly recommended.

For more information, or tickets, contact Blithewold at 401-253-2707 or visit the website at: