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The weather is getting warmer and there’s no better time to visit some of Rhode Island’s fabulous gardens. We have plenty and some of them are the oldest and most unique in the country.

Be sure to contact these sites directly to confirm that you have the most up-to-date information. Many have or will re-open soon. Make the day of it and visit some of our best. Here are just a few.

Bristol

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

This 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay offers historic and contemporary gardening. Features include a 10-acre Great Lawn, greenhouses, a rose, water, and rock garden and an exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, and stonework.

In March, they are open Saturday and Sunday – 10 am to 4 pm. Their days should increase in April, but check with them before you visit.

Cranston

Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

This is the largest public indoor display garden in New England that spans approximately 12,000 square feet. Visitors will find over 150 different species and cultivars of plants within two large and two small greenhouses and a garden.

The center is open Friday through Sunday between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Pre-registration is required through https://www.providenceri.gov/botanical-center/ as they are using a timed ticketed system to limit the number of guests during the pandemic. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children age 6-12, $1. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.

Portsmouth

Green Animals Topiary Gardens

This is the oldest topiary garden in the United States. As part of the Newport Mansions, it also offers visitors a glimpse of the grandeur of stately homes of the times and how the affluent lived.

The garden features 80 pieces of topiary trees including birds, animals, carefully crafted geometric designs and whimsical ornamental designs too. Check the Newport Mansions website for updates if you’re planning a visit. The Marble House and Green Animals Topiary Garden are slated to open April 16th, but things can change.

South Kingstown

Kinney Azalea Gardens

This hidden gem includes a nursery and 16 acres of gardens featuring over 500 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas. An amazing stone archway welcomes visitors into the gardens.

Beside the spectacular, comprehensive displays of these showy plants, the site is also notable as admission is by donation. The garden is available daily during daylight hours.

Pets are not allowed to preserve the integrity of the grounds. However, you can buy plants (cash only) to support the garden and adorn your own garden. Spring and early summer are the best times to visit.

Warwick

Rocky Point Park

Warwick has plenty of parks, but few have the outstanding views of Narragansett Bay that Rocky Point Park offers. It is located on a rocky outcrop and the park has been refurbished. Take in the breathtaking views, have a picnic, hike, fish, or walk your dog. You won’t be disappointed!

Westerly

Wilcox Park

This is a perfect example of an urban Victorian park. It includes seven acres of trees and perennial gardens, an open meadow, and a fish pond and monuments. This public garden is free to visit year-round from dawn to 11 p.m. It may not be as grand as some, but it’s the ideal place to take a breather and unwind.

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