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Green Animals Topiary Gardens

338 Corys Ln, (off Rte. 114), Portsmouth, RI 02871-1324
+1 401-683-1267
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80 sculptured trees

Enjoyed our visit and love the formal gardens, the geometric pathways, the rose nd grip arbors, and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kyle S
Great place to relax

The house was super neat! My toddlers loved the yard and rocking animals! The gardens were neat... read more

Reviewed April 27, 2018
mmrange
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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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338 Corys Ln, (off Rte. 114), Portsmouth, RI 02871-1324
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+1 401-683-1267
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed our visit and love the formal gardens, the geometric pathways, the rose nd grip arbors, and of course the topiaries. Camels, giraffes, ostrich, elephant, teddy bears, pineapples, unicorns, reindeer may be seen.7 acres of loveliness created first by Joseph C. and later his son...More

1  Thank Kyle S
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Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

The house was super neat! My toddlers loved the yard and rocking animals! The gardens were neat, but would be even neater later in the spring. It was relaxing to sit and watch the water while the kids played.

Thank mmrange
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

Stopped by in mid April and because this was such a bad winter, nothing was blooming yet. It was still neat to see the shapes of the animals but it would have been so much nicer had there been some green to it. The bears...More

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Reviewed March 8, 2018 via mobile

This is located away from all the Newport Mansions and is part of Mansions maintained by Preservation Society of Newport. It had lot of topiaries in the shape of various animals. There is a house as well to check for.

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Reviewed December 17, 2017

Part of the Newport Mansions collection, topiary wonders for all. Amazing to see the skill and patience required. Near the Newport Car Museum, so it was a great place to see after the autos. Very relaxing to walk around. The Gardens are closed until spring.

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

I read online that the gardens/house close at the end of October. It was a beautiful fall day so I drove out to Portsmouth- it isn't really too far from Newport- just lots of traffic lights that increase travel time. Yes- it is the end...More

4  Thank Lucy K
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Reviewed October 24, 2017

What an unique place! If you are into gardening or flowers at all, you will enjoy these gardens. We also enjoyed the flowers and the vegetable gardens. My hubby was fascinated by all the butterflies that were on the flowers. Don't have to spend a...More

1  Thank Cindy T
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Reviewed October 6, 2017

Tucked away down Corey Road is a place we passed hundreds of times and we finally stopped in and were delighted. We visited the website first and were confused about the tickets/prices as they seemed to be in a package with a visit to the...More

1  Thank KNBBrewster
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Reviewed September 30, 2017

The Green Animals Topiary Gardens is a bit of a drive from Newport, about a half hour. I wanted to see the gardens, but I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the gardens. It is part of the five-mansion ticket, but I wouldn't...More

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Reviewed September 19, 2017

I have wanted to go to see the 'green animals' and I was not let down. Not only were the topiary animals wonderful, there are other garden areas - roses, dahlias, vegetables, - and the house itself. Lovely

1  Thank CarolineMR
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Good morning Rosemary. A stand alone ticket for Green Animals is $17.50 for adults, $8 for children 6-17. But you can purchase multi-house tickets to see more than one Newport Mansions property and save money. For... More
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