Green Animals Topiary Garden, Portsmouth

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#13 of 60 in Museums in Rhode Island
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The Green Animals Topiary Garden, located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States. The 7-acre (28,000 m2) estate overlooks the Narragansett Bay. It contains a large collection of topiaries including eighty sculptured trees. Favorites include teddy bears, a camel, a giraffe, an ostrich, an elephant and two bears made from sculptured California privet, yew, and English boxwood. There are also pineapples, a unicorn, a reindeer, a dog and spot a horse with his rider. There are over 35 formal flowerbeds, geometric pathways, rose arbor, grape arbor, fruit trees, and vegetable and herb gardens. A greenhouse is used extensively to provide seedlings used on the estate. The 1859 Victorian Brayton house museum contains a small display of vintage kids toy and the original family furnishings. Ribbons for prize-winning dahlias and vegetables, dating from about 1915, line the walls of the gift shop. The Preservation Society of Newport County maintains it.
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  • My friends weren’t sure about visiting the topiary garden, but as I am an avid gardener, I talked them into it — by the time we left, they were glad we stopped here. While some of the animals were a....  more
    My friends weren’t sure about visiting the topiary garden, but as I am an avid gardener, I talked them into it — by the time we left, they were glad we stopped here. While some of the animals were a....  more »
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  • I really enjoyed walking through the gardens. It is such a cool place to visit. Really loved seeing the different animals sculpted out of trees. One of the staff members told us that August is peak season so I am looking forward to returning then! This is a great place to bring a picnic lunch and make a whole day out of it, it really is a beautiful spot!
  • Cute place! Nice hidden gem near Portsmouth Abbey. One of the properties for Newport mansions pass. Enjoyed seeing all the flowers and the shrubs shaped like animals. There is a nice yard near the water that would be a great place to picnic. Spent 1-2 hours here

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