Green Animals Topiary Garden

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The Green Animals Topiary Garden is the second property we've visited as members of The Preservation Society of Newport County (see The Elms here and here). Tucked away in Portsmouth, RI, Green Animals is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the US.

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We started our self-guided tour at the house. The porch wrapped around it, rocking chairs served as outdoor seating, and the front entrance overlooked greenery and the water. I felt like I was in The Notebook!

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We were enchanted by this den of books. The glass cases were filled with antique collections of authors' works. I was happy to find my favorite, Pride and Prejudice, amongst them.

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Baskets for picnics in the garden.

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Luggage goals!

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A couple of the green animals.

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And then we wandered into the garden. A long and tall row of shaped hedges led us into the heart of the garden, where an elephant and a giraffe stood surrounded by flowers and other greenery. The row of hedges especially gave that Alice in Wonderland feel - I may have looked for white roses to paint red.

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It was such a beautiful day and setting that I didn't mind the bees, and spent some time trying to capture photos of the butterflies.

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Green Animals Topiary Garden | affecionada
Green Animals Topiary Garden | affecionada

I wanted to sit on the throne next to the pineapple, but refrained.

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Green Animals Topiary Garden | affecionada
Green Animals Topiary Garden | affecionada

These arches of pink flowers were the perfect setting for outfit photos - those to come!

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This little guy was my favorite.

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Many of the flowers were in full bloom, though some were still budding.

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The scene as we left.

It was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon - I recommend heading over towards closing time (the house closes at 5 and the garden at 6) as we had the estate essentially to ourselves!

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