Green Animals Topiary Gardens, Portsmouth

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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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  • If you like gardens it's worth the 15 minute drive. Also, walk around historic newport to see private gardens, East of Thames street 
    If you like gardens it's worth the 15 minute drive. Also, walk around historic newport to see private gardens, East of Thames street  more »
  • 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... 
    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
    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 »
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  • Beautiful topiary gardens! Enjoy walking around wandering paths and smelling the fragrant flowers blooming everywhere. We visited in early-mid July and it was sunny and hot! There is shade to be had, but expect to walk in the sun for most of your visit. Suggested to wear sunscreen and bring a hat! Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a meal in the shade on a picnic table or blanket while looking at the water. Tickets to the gardens also include admission to another site, but we had little ones with us and the gardens alone tuckered us out! There are clean bathrooms near the entrance to the gardens.
  • Beautiful topiary gardens. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds. The gardens are a quick visit but great place if visiting Newport and area. We had lunch nearby at the Gulf Stream Bar and Grill. The Debris sandwich special was Amazing!!
  • 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
  • Is very enjoyable small garden to visit. They manage to do a lot with the space and the the lawn by the seaside is an excellent feature. Teddy bear topiaries are adorable, there where some though that where difficult to discern what they where. If you are looking for inspiration for your own garden they have some neat ideas. There is also a 160 year old beech tree that is very impressive. Also many nice seating options. My only complaint is that they have you park in a school parking lot down the street and their parking lot is reserved for staff but is entirety empty, all the cars that are from visitors and staff really could have fit, it all seems a bit silly and over complicated. Just have overflow parking in the school if your lot ever fills up.
  • We had a wonderful and relaxing day here. Just when I thought I'd seen all the gardens more were around the corner. Vegetables, fruits, herbs and even animals carved out of wood adorned the grounds. Topiary of animals, fruits and such found all along the gorgeous path leading down to the lower gardens towards the water. Lastly, there is a giant tree about 300 years old that you can sit at the bench and pose for pictures. But beware. If your child tries to climb on any branches. They'll be told firmly to get off.

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