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The Tallest Redwood East of the Rockies

comments (1) June 26th, 2009 in blogs
DanielleGardenGirl Danielle Sherry, contributor
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Giant redwood at Blithewold gardens. Click the image to enlarge.

Giant redwood at Blithewold gardens.

Photo: Danielle Sherry

Why have I never been to the Blithewold mansion and gardens before last week? It is seriously GORGEOUS and just around the corner (in Rhode Island) from our offices in Connecticut. I stumbled upon their beautiful website a few weeks earlier and thought there was potential for some nice photographs. As it turned out I didn’t have enough time (several hours) to take in everything the grounds had to offer. It’s HUGE--with everything from a formal perennial border to a well-established rock garden.
And just when I thought I’d seen it all, I rounded the corner and was faced with the trunk of a Giant Redwood--the largest I’d seen outside of Redwood National Forest. Apparently John DeWolfe, the landscape architect for Blithewold, planted the tree on the grounds in 1911. Mr. DeWolfe was the superintendent of Prospect Park in NYC at the time and had been growing the tree in a greenhouse there until it outgrew its location. He decided to relocate the tree and shipped it by rail to Rhode Island. Now, 98 years later, the “Big Tree” is the tallest giant redwood east of the Rocky Mountains. If you’re in the area, definitely make time to visit this jewel.



posted in: Blithewold, public garden, redwood

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Kris_at_Blithewold writes: Danielle, I'm so glad you came by and had a chance to hug our big baby! Speaking of babies... we recently found a nest of tiny bunnies in the Display Garden bed where you took some pics of "Mama". All are healthy and have plenty to eat... :p It was great to meet you and I hope you can stop through again soon! Posted: 8:34 am on June 30th
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