The Arts and Cultural Alliance (ACA) of Newport County will host “Arts Behind the Scenes” in cooperation with The Preservation Society of Newport County at Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth on Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Guests will hear from the historic garden’s Chief Horticulturist and other staff about the structure and design of a topiary as well as how the styles of management and materials used have changed over time. In addition, they will discuss how they maintain this seven-acre estate property, with more than 80 topiaries, formal flower beds, a vegetable garden, orchards and more.

Green Animals Topiary Garden is a 19th century estate overlooking Narragansett Bay.  In 1972, it was bequeathed to the Preservation Society, which has continued to maintain the gardens and estate house as a museum property open to the public. Many of the topiaries, sculpted from California privet and yew, are more than a century old, and are carefully maintained by its current gardeners, who also are still adding new topiaries to the property.  The topiaries include animals and birds, geometric designs, teacups and other whimsical creations.

Tickets for this “Arts Behind the Scenes” event are $10 for ACA members, $12 for the general public.  Space is limited to 25 attendees, and advance registration is required.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.newportarts.org/events/   Proceeds support the ACA’s mission to promote and advance arts and culture in Newport County.

Green Animals Topiary Garden is located at 380 Cory’s Lane in Portsmouth.  For more information about Green Animals and about The Preservation Society of Newport County, visitwww.NewportMansions.org.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).