• 1st phase of makeover to The Breakers landscape is completed

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    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The grounds and gardens at The Breakers mansion in Newport are getting a makeover.

    Officials say the first phase of a multimillion-dollar landscape restoration project has been completed.

    Preservation Society Board Chairman Monty Burnham calls it one of the organization's most ambitious projects. The new landscaping is expected to take at least another four years to finish.

    It's the first major landscape rehabilitation of its kind since The Breakers grounds were devastated in a 1938 hurricane.

    The work brings back the imposing sightlines and vistas and original layered look and feel of the grounds as they were created to adorn the property in 1895. The next phase is scheduled for spring.

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