Blithewold Mansion, Gardens
: 101 Ferry Road (Rte. 114), Bristol
, RI 02809 (401)253-2707.
- This lavish 45 room stone English Country Manor style mansion, a former summer
home, displays 33 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. A 10 acre lawn down
to Narragansett Bay is edged with more than 1500 trees and shrubs representing
250 native and exotic species and varieties. The North Garden (or Sunken Garden)
is formal, but the rest of the recreated gardens are more naturalistic,
including a rose garden, a Japanese water garden, a 30 foot tall bamboo stand,
the Bosquet (woodland planted with 50,000 daffodils), a rock garden, display
gardens and a giant redwood.
401Ochre Point Avenue, Newport
, RI 02840 (401)847-6543 or (401)847-1000.
former summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, a 70 room Italian Renaissance
style palazzo, includes parterre borders on two sides of the house plus
greenhouses and their 2 acre summer gardens providing plants and cut flowers.
367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
, RI 02840 (401)847-0478 or(401)847-1000.
French Chateau style summer residence of a coal magnate offers Classical Revival
gardens featuring terraces with marble and bronze sculpture, a park of specimen
trees and a lower garden with marble tea houses, fountains, a sunken garden and
carriage house and garage.
: 380 Cory's Lane, Portsmouth
, RI 02871-1324 (401)683-1267 or
- This 7 acre estate offers a Victorian house overlooking
Narragansett Bay plus formal topiaries, vegetable and herb gardens, and
orchards. The fabulous and whimsical 80 pieces of topiary, including 21 birds
and animals, are sculpted from privet, yew and English boxwood.
54 Washington Street, Newport
, RI 02840 (401)847-7516 or (401)847-1000.
historic Georgian house offers beds of perennials and annuals enclosed by
boxwood and a wisteria covered pergola.
596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
, RI 02840 (401)847-2445 or (401)847-1000.
Park Botanical Center:
extravagant summer home, built by William Vanderbilt, with formal grounds,
includes a Chinese Tea House on the cliffs used for entertaining and suffrage
950 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
, RI 02900
Williams Park Zoo
- Visitors can enjoy 2 greenhouses, a Japanese Garden and a Rose
Garden. The Rhode Island Rose Society is helping to renovate the rose garden by
replanting Canadian and Brownell hardy roses, English Roses, Old Garden Roses,
and more modern varieties.
: 950 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
, RI 02907-3655
- This 40 acre zoo is home to over 1000 animals representing 150
species. Extensive plantings are chosen to resemble those in the animals' native
habitats. (A horticultural map is available.) Currently under construction is
Habitat, RI, a permanent 2000 square foot interactive, multi-sensory complex,
displaying the plants and animals of nine diverse Rhode Island habitats.
548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
, RI 02840 (401)847-5793 or (401)847-1000.
- Rosecliff, a truly grand mansion, was named in honor of the "American Beauty"
rose which was developed by the owner of the previous cottage on the site. The
rose garden, dating back to the previous owner, and features is a sizable
planting of "America," a climbing rose. Beds of begonias ornament the entrance
and a central path and fountain.
Mill Historic Site
: 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket
, RI 02860-0696
- The 5.5 acre site of the first water powered cotton spinning mill
is now a museum complex with three buildings, a dam, a power canal and a
Richard Smith Drive, North Kingstown
, RI 02853 (401)294-3521.
- This 1678
plantation house on the site of a trading center established by Roger Williams
is surrounded by lovely grounds and gardens including an 18th century herb and
flower garden. It was recently declared a National Landmark site for its
: 17 Broadway, Newport
, RI (401)846-0813.
Whitehall Museum House
- This 1675 house, the site of
the Stamp Act Riot, displays a colonial herb garden.
Berkeley Avenue, Middletown
, RI 02842 (401)846-3116.
- This 1729 house, built by
an Anglican Bishop, is authentically furnished and maintained by the National
Society of the Colonial Dames in Rhode Island.
: 416 Thames Street, Newport
, RI 02840-6732 (401)849-7300.
- This 18th century house exhibits hand-made silver, pewter and furniture and
features a traditional colonial manor garden.
: 44 Broad Street,
, RI 02891 (401)596-8590.
- This historic 18 acre public park features
specimen trees, shrubs, display flower beds, a koi pond, a dwarf conifer
collection, a fountain, monuments, a daylily collection, a garden of touch,
smell and taste with Braille labels, and perennial borders.