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Green Animals Topiary Gardens

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Address: 338 Corys Ln, (off Rte. 114), Portsmouth, RI 02871-1324
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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As members to the Preservation Society we selected to go see this garden. It was beautiful and amazing. There is a self- guided tour to the house on site which is wonderful to... read more

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As members to the Preservation Society we selected to go see this garden. It was beautiful and amazing. There is a self- guided tour to the house on site which is wonderful to see. There is a dollhouse area that needs to be seen. Parking difficult.

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are interested in topiary and gardens this is a wonderful site to visit. The topiaries are outstanding. We particularly liked the ones of the bears, the elephants and the R.I. red rooster. The flowers were beautiful. The gardeners who were working welcomed our questions. Because of time, we were unable to visit the house. Our one year old... More 

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West Gardiner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After dealing with the crowds at The Breakers, we drove about a half hour to get to the Topiary Garden. It is a small garden, but it was beautiful! The different animals and shapes were worth the drive. The kids have a fun scavenger hunt, which our girls loved. There's plenty of picnic tables to have a picnic lunch or... More 

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Inwood, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The gardens are absolutely amazing. The detail in the topiaries are magnificent. My kids had a great time and enjoyed sitting on the handmade rocking animals and running around in the open field. Great place to visit.

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East Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I would have to say that we were reluctant to go to this mansion. It turned out to be pretty good. It was a little hot, but we made it work. The craftsmanship of the bush cutouts was awesome. There were great photo ops to take with the bush cutouts of animals.

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Huntington, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A unique and very special garden that was enjoyed by the adults and the kids alike. The house tour was well worth it and the toy collection was very special.

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Redding, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fully furnished house with lots of antique toys, dollhouses, toy soldiers, etc. Gardens are very nice to tour, although we had to really use our imagination on several of the topiaries that had been severely pruned recently. House is in such a beautiful location, but is out of the way is you are doing the mansions tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We always wanted to visit the Topiary Gardens and decided to visit on Sunday morning. It was so much better than we expected. The house was beautiful and on the second floor are lots of antique toys and dolls houses which my children loved looking at. The garden are so well looked after and there are lots of places to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting the Breakers on the 2 house tour ticket we chose Green Animals for a contrasting property. Worth the drive to see the rest of the area. Charming setting and fabulous tour if you enjoy gardening and a tranquil site. A beautiful piece of land on the bay. The docents were polite and well informed.

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Eastchester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

We arrived right at opening on a nice sunny weekday. There was some confusion at the ticket counter as s large group had arrived and the person working the counter was working at Green Animals for the first time. She was friendly and patient and figuring everything out, but she could have used some assistance. We headed into the house... More 

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