Green Animals New York Architecture Images- Newport Mansions, Brooklyn

Green Animals


Joseph Carreiro


Cory's Lane, Portsmouth


1872 onwards




topiary garden
  Green Animals
This small country estate in Portsmouth was purchased in 1872 by Thomas E. Brayton Green Animals(1844-1939), 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. Alice Brayton, his daughter, made the estate her permanent residence in 1940.

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. Miss Brayton gave the estate its name because of the profusion of "green animals." There are 80 pieces of topiary throughout the gardens, including 21 animals and birds in addition to geometric figures and ornamental designs, sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood.

Green Animals is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States. Upon her death in 1972, at the age of 94, Miss Brayton left Green Animals to The Preservation Society of Newport County. 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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