For a small state, Rhode Island has many gardens and fields of flowers. Some are historical gardens, some are pick-your-own flower fields, while others are public land filled with color. Read on for my favorite spots to see flowers in Rhode Island.
- Blithewold Estate
- Hamilton Harbor Lotus Flowers
- Wicked Tulips Flower Farms
- Dame Farm and Orchards
- Lewis Peony Farm
101 Ferry Rd, Bristol
Blithewold means “happy woodland.” This Arts and Crafts house is worth visiting any time of year, but the sprawling woodlands and gardens on the waters of the Narragansett Bay are sublime.
What to Expect at Blithewold Gardens
Unstructured fields of white and yellow daffodils bloom within an expansive wooded area directly off the house’s porch. There are also 33-acres of meandering paths with different gardens and tree groves.
When to Visit Blithewold Gardens
The daffodils generally bloom for a month, starting around the beginning of April. Blithewold holds afternoon high teas during April and May on Tuesdays through Friday. Be sure to book a tea when the daffodils are in bloom. Make your tea reservation here. Read more about my visits to Blithewold.
Hamilton Harbor Lotus Flowers
40 Web Avenue, North Kingstown
The lotus garden is the most random of the flower fields that I have found. In 1982, the founders of the condo complex planted a lotus garden to make the property unique. Lotus Flowers are native to Asia and Australia, but the talented and industrious landscapers realized that this water diversion pond left over from 19th-century mills would support them. Once they are growing, these flowers can grow for over a thousand years. Read more about the pond’s history.
What to expect at North Kingstown’s Lotus Pond
You won’t notice the pond from the road. The only sign may be cars of the lotus seekers parked right after the entrance to the condominium complex. The pond isn’t too big, sort of an oasis in the middle of an otherwise typical street. The flowers are the most open between 9-12 in the morning. They bloom around July. The garden is not monitored, and there may be poison ivy. Please be respectful and don’t harm or pick the flowers so this jewel may be enjoyed for generations to come.
Wicked Tulips Flower Farms
1 Arnold Pl, Exeter
With 5 acres of tulips, this is New England’s largest tulip farm set on a lake in the farmland of Johnston.
What to Expect at Wicked Tulips
There are two fields of many rows of tulips– a show field and a picking field. Entrance routinely sells out, so expect crowds. They love you to share and take pictures, but you need to be patient to get one without people in it. There are picnic tables on which to enjoy lunch. You are allowed to pick from the picking field and pay per stem on your way out. They have a wrapping station and sell vases.
When to Visit Wicked Tulips
Wicked Tulips opens when the tulips bloom, usually around the end of April or the beginning of May, and close when they are done blooming or all the flowers are picked. Join their newsletter to get notified when they open. I highly suggest buying tickets before you go. They are often sold-out weeks in advance. It is less crowded during the week.
Dame Farm and Orchards
91B Brown Ave, Johnston
Dame Farm is one of my favorite spots to spend time in Rhode Island. Depending on the season, they have flower fields, an apple and peach orchard, incredible apple cider donuts, and blueberry picking.
What to Expect When Visiting the Gardens on Dame Farm
Up by the blueberry fields in a moderately-sized sunflower field containing many sunflower varieties.
When to Visit Dame Farm to See Flowers
In June and July, sunflowers are in bloom. Later in summer, they have a smaller, dark variety still in bloom, as seen below. All through the summer, the flower fields have many different types of flowers, including zinnias, dahlias, snapdragons, sunflowers, gomphrena, stock, eucalyptus, lilies, and lavender. For just a little over $20, you will get a glass jar and the freedom to fill it with flowers from the fields. If you simply want to go to take pictures, you can pay a $7 fee.
Lewis Peony Farm
These three-acre gardens are on the farmhouse property of the farm’s owners. Peonies are full multi-petaled flowers that come in many color varieties.
What to expect at Lewis Peony Farm
Throughout the gardens are different varieties of peonies as well as stone gardens with foxglove. Although there is no entrance fee, it is customary to buy stems.
When to Visit Lewis Peony Farm
Peonies are early summer flowers. Visit the farm’s Facebook page for current bloom information.
Where are you going to pick flowers in Rhode Island this year? Which are your favorite farms and flowers? Please let me know in the comments.