Saturday, April 30, 2016

Topiary Park


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 Georges 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.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Sherry - Topiary always bemuses me ... it looks just so wonderful and must be such a creative force to cut away into a sculpture. The garden must be amazing to visit ... and it's free - always good news ... cheers Hilary

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    1. The sculptures are very interesting. I'm glad Mr. Mason thought to create such artwork.

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  2. I love topiary. This looks like an excellent park to visit. Fun!

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  3. Hi Sherry. They chose a really difficult painting to turn into topiary but they have done very well. I was curious about this so I checked it out on Google Images and saw lots of good views that really proove that!
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    1. They certainly did do a good job. I thought you might be particularly interested in this garden.

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  4. This is the kind of place I sometimes see in fantasy gardens in books.

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    1. It does look like something out of Alice in Wonderland!

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  5. Hi Sherry-I am intrigued by this garden form after I gave a hair cut to a bonsai tree. I can't help but think of Edward Scissorhands working his magic~
    I can only imagine how beautiful it is when all the April showers inspire May flowers~

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    1. That would be a good time to visit.

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  6. I have family in Columbus. Next time we visit, we'll have to go to that park.

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    1. I think you'd enjoying seeing it. We made the trip from Cincinnati, and I'm glad we did.

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