Plants, mankind’s greatest enemy, are finally on the ropes thanks to global warming. Teach your children how to hunt the last of these enormous nitrogen junkies by observing them in captivity with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two adult admissions to Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol (a $20 value).
Named one of New England's top five public gardens, Blithewold invites quiet contemplation amid 33 acres of diverse gardens that frame a historic, English-style manor house. Tucked away in Narragansett Bay, the manor's grounds and gardens host more than 50 specimen trees, including Japanese umbrella pines, dove trees, and handkerchief trees that are artfully placed right next to a nonstop film screening of An Affair to Remember. After an ambulatory round up of the Blithewold's restive rock and water garden, guests can grouse through the area's 45-room, Queen Anne–style mansion flanked by 90-foot giant sequoia, stone walls, and a formal perennial garden.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the vertiginous destination offers discounts on regular admission prices, including $8 for seniors and $2 for children 6–17. Running through October 10, Bilthewold's Autumn Splendor hosts a variety of programs and workshops to celebrate the changing seasons and last flourishes of color, as trees begin to turn orange, mauve, and brown with the approach of nearby Orcs.
Deemed one of New England's Top Five Public Gardens by Yankee magazine, Blithewold invites guests to explore 33 acres of gardens alongside the Narragansett Bay. Amid this paradise, a 45-room Queen Anne–style mansion sits, filled with relics from the past—furniture, family heirlooms, and presumably, a box of Nomar Garciaparra rookie cards that hasn't been found yet. Here, the hospitality of the VanWickle-McKee-Lyon family shines as groups tour the floors, getting lost in history before reemerging into the world.
Outside, acre after acre of flowers and trees envelop the wanderers in an ever-changing landscape. Guests explore 50 specimens of trees, a rock and water garden, and a north garden that looks across the great lawn and into the bay.