Sunday, June 30, 2013
I don't know about you, but I've always found topiaries to be fascinating focal points of gardens. If you like topiaries, the place to visit is Topiary Park in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The seven-acre park is famous for its topiary interpretation of George Seurat's famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte.
The park was dedicated in 1992, but it goes back to the early 19th century. It was once a part of the Old Deaf School Park. The concept came from artist, James T. Mason, who teaches Sculpture at the Recreation and Park's Department of Cultural Arts center. He designed and installed the frames and living topiaries.
The garden contains 54 topiary people, eight boats, 3 dogs, a monkey, a cat, and a pond, which represents the Seine River. The largest feature is 12 feet tall.
The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free. The best viewing is April through November, when the greenery is in bloom.