While topiary sculpture may not be the hippest idea in landscape design — especially when it comes in the shape of elephants or teddy bears — its execution requires a kind of mad genius that we find oddly captivating. Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, Rhode Island (featured in Errol Morris’ 1997 documentary, Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control) can provide much inspiration to someone hoping to add a little modern art menagerie (think Jeff Koons’ Puppy) to their yard.
Ok, so a living sculpture garden might not be for everyone — not to mention that topiary can take years to grow and requires attentive pruning and maintenance. But, for the patient soul looking for some truly unique lawn ornaments, they might just be the perfect thing.
Green Animals is open from May through October.
Visit the Newport Preservation Society for more information.
380 Cory’s Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871
(Images: Sarah Rainwater)