Even those who are not avid gardeners will enjoy this sprawling estate, located just a few miles from downtown Newport. Generations of gardeners have created topiary trees and hedges in all sorts of shapes and sizes, including the legendary animals. The garden is the oldest of its kind in North America and was once owned by a wealthy textile merchant. The stately Victorian home also has orchards and vegetable and herb gardens, in addition to the whimsical and elegant topiaries. Self-guided and garden maps are available (tours take approximately 90 minutes).