Green Animals Topiary Gardens, Portsmouth

#8 of 52 in Museums in Rhode Island
Must see · 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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  • Newport is not the most kid-focused tourist destination, but our 7 year old daughter loved our visit to this nearby topiary garden. The bushes and trees carved into animal shapes were a huge hit...  more »
  • My husband and I visit the Green Animals Topiary Garden at least 3 times a year. The lady in the gift shop is very friendly and knowledgeable about the grounds. The flower gardens are gorgeous and...  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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