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Green Animals Topiary Gardens

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Address: 338 Cory's Lane, (off Rte. 114), Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone Number: +1 401-683-1267
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Green Animals is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United...

Green Animals is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States.This small country estate in Portsmouth was purchased in 1872 by Thomas E. Brayton, Treasurer of the Union Cotton Manufacturing Company in Fall River, Massachusetts. It consisted of seven acres of land, a white clapboard summer residence, farm outbuildings, a pasture and a vegetable garden. Gardener Joseph Carreiro, superintendent of the property from 1905 to 1945, and his son-in-law, George Mendonca, superintendent until 1985, were responsible for creating the topiaries. There are more than 80 pieces of topiary throughout the gardens, including animals and birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs, sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood. Today, Green Animals remains as a rare example of a self-sufficient estate combining formal topiaries, vegetable and herb gardens, orchards and a Victorian house overlooking Narragansett Bay.

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Aboslutely Lovely

This is definitely a must do - wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bellevue Ave. Take a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine!!! Picnic tables set up overlooking the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Beaumont, Texas
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Beaumont, Texas
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is definitely a must do - wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bellevue Ave. Take a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine!!! Picnic tables set up overlooking the water. This is a house and not a mansion. It is also a self guided tour. All furnishings are original. The upstairs is amazing - full... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

This house is a nice house to tour. The top floor is a really neat toy museum. It doesn't take a ton of time to tour but the gardens are nice and a lovely place to picnic. It's worth a stop.

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portsmouth,ri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This place should be visited by young and old alike...plan on at least an hour or more...the sculptures are amazing...I am going back!

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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The Topiary Gardens are a very special, magical place for young children to explore anf fantasize . It is also fun for thebparents and Grandparents. The gardens are truly beautiful with upwards of 100 sculpted shrubs from bears to elephants. It is a great afternnon for the family.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We wondered about including the Topiary Gardens on our mansions tour; it seems out of the way compared to the other mansions. We were so glad we went. Wandering around in the garden was a nice complement to all of the mansions (yin for the yang)! If you are a gardener, it can't be missed, and if you have elementary-aged... More 

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Kensington, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I had not been to see the Green Animals in over 10 years and I'm glad I returned yesterday. This spot is timeless and a testament to a very dedicated gardener who had a vision a long time ago. The result is a truly unique spot that you can see right away was a labor of love for many people.... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

I was driving around and decided to stop here. The house is great and has an antique children's museum in the house - for those who love miniature soldiers, you'll see quite a nice collection of those. The house was nice, the garden was excellent and the grounds were nice and peaceful with a water view. The Topiary figures were... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

It is a beautiful white wood house Inside there is sort of a toy museum, quite interesting But there is very little information on the house itself and no guide. The best here is really the gardens The green animals and other things (cups, chairs, etc) are amazing.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed walking through the gardens, guessing what was what among the topiary. The dahlias and lots of perennials were in full bloom and gorgeous. We saved the house for last. Our guide was Allison Horrocks. She let us wander at our leisure and then responded to our many questions about the history of the house and its occupants and... More 

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

You might want to go early in the day. The parking lot isn't that big. The gardens are very nice, and well kept. There is also a house, that overlooks the water. This attraction is not for anyone that has trouble getting around. the house does not have air-conditioning, and was very hot the day I went. It is a... More 

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