Return to Content

Jim Donahue & Eugene Platt, Topiary Gardeners, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Jim Donahue & Eugene Platt, Topiary Gardeners, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

Jim DonahueIn 1905, the Thomas Brayton family hired Joseph Carreiro to create gardens on their estate overlooking Narragansett Bay. He clipped the first green animals out of privet, yew, and boxwood, and tutored his young son-in-law, George Mendonca, who created his own legacy for more than half a century. Eugene Platt now carries on under the eye of horticulturist Jim Donahue, who has brought faded gardens back to life under the guardianship of the Preservation Society of Newport County. “You have to look at a shrub and see what it speaks to you,” Eugene says. Visitors will see Jim and Eugene in the gardens, and now and then George, now in his 90s, comes around to see how his animals are doing.

Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory’s Lane. 401-847-1000.

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Bring New England Home

Get a 1 year of Yankee Magazine for only $10!

In this issue: 

  • 65 Best Summer Events
  • The Elusive Promise of the Maine Tides
  • The Easiest Clambake You'll Ever Make

Subscribe Today

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

We reserve the right to remove or edit comments that are offensive or disrespectful to our readers and/or writers, cannot be verified, lack clarity, or contain profanity. Your comments may be republished by Yankee Magazine across multiple platforms.

Register Sign In

©2015, Yankee Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Yankee Publishing Inc., | P.O. Box 520, Dublin, NH 03444 | (603) 563-8111