Press Release for Blithewold
Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
ordinary garden tour
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
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: www.Blithewold.org.