Green Animals Topiary Gardens, Portsmouth

#9 of 51 in Museums in Rhode Island
Garden · Specialty Museum
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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  • Beautiful estate full of surprises. The topiaries and gardens are delightful. Dahlias and zinnias surprised us with their colorful blooms. At this time of year. The mums had tight blossoms so they...  more »
  • We were here as it opened and it rained but we still had a great time. Had to make a quick run to the porch at one point but we got to watch the boats in the bay and the railrider cars go past the.....  more »
  • This is one of my favorite places to see when I visit Rhode Island. The gardens are meticulously maintained, the variety of plants and flowers is incredible, and the most magnificent Copper Beech I’ve ever seen is on the property. While I haven’t toured the house on site, the gardens are where it’s at for me. Highly recommend!
  • Green Animals is the place to be! Perfect day too. Try to time your day to tour the main house. Tours are 3x daily. Wonderful topiaries, lovely succulent plants, tomatoes, quaint gift shop. Walk along the water and enjoy the sprawling grounds. Perfect day for all ages.

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