Press Release for Blithewold
Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Gardens Open for Blithewold
in Rhode Island’s glorious East Greenwich, Cowesett
and North Kingstown
Friday and Saturday, May 31st and June 1st
herald the fourth annual and much-anticipated private garden
tour - GARDENS OPEN FOR BLITHEWOLD. This year the tour will
feature glorious gardens in East Greenwich, Cowesett and
North Kingstown - all nearby neighbors to Newport. These
distinguished private gardens, never seen by the public,
are resplendent with rhododendron, azaleas, lilacs, irises,
and spring wildflowers, which reach their peak at this time
of the year. In many you will find astonishing water views,
inspiring perennial borders, intriguing designs, handsome
stone walls, orchards, and even waterfalls.
old Rhode Island communities are a joy to roam around, even
without the gardens, but the gardens offered this year provide
a unique opportunity to see estates and private properties
that many will never get to see and may not be offered again.
One of these, an old farm on land that stretches over more
than 150 acres to the banks of the river Potowmut, has been
in the same family since the early 1600's. History lives
on here in the beautiful trails, out-buildings, orchard
and river views.
Further into the tour are two adjacent gardens
that offer very different experiences - one is home to a
marvelous array of Rhode Island wild plants while the neighboring
garden is home to a number of specifically designed backyard
habitats that attract a huge number of birds, bees and butterflies.
The two complement each other and promise an education about
Rhode Island’s rich wild-life both plant and animal.
A lovely addition to this tour is a visit
to one of Rhode Island’s premiere garden centers,
Wildwood Nurseries, on Frenchtown Road. 10% of all purchases
made by tour-goers will be donated to Blithewold. Just present
GARDENS OPEN FOR BLITHEWOLD is designed to
benefit Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, a 100-year-old
45-room mansion surrounded by 33 acres of botanical grandeur
with expansive views of Narragansett Bay and Bristol Harbor,
located in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Numbers are limited so sign up early. Advance ticket prices
for Blithewold members is $20 and for non-members $25. Tickets
are $30 the day of the event. For more information, or tickets,
contact Blithewold at 401-253-2707 or visit the website
March 25, 2002
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Re: Gardens Open for Blithewold
As always, the exposure Blithewold receives
in The New York Times is unparalleled in terms of the number
of out-of-town people it brings to the tours. They are always
thrilled to see their “name in print” so to
Here’s hoping for another year on the
pages of the paper - if our luck holds out.
Thank you for all the attention you always
give to these events.