Columbus – August 2018 – Looking Over the Topiary Garden

Regular followers of this blog will know we often visit parks and gardens for the interesting landscaping that many contain.

A small park in downtown Columbus is no different. As you approach you are welcomed by a flower bed surrounded by some shrubs.

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The flowers were a home for numerous butterflies

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But this is no ordinary park – it is the Topiary Garden, sculptures in nature.

This park’s subject is the George Seurat painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte.

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The shrubberies were groomed to make the painting.

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The couple with the umbrella are the center of the design.

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Soldiers with helmets stand guard.

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Some of the figures are easy to make out.

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They use framing the force the shrubs into the correct shapes.

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Interestingly we did indeed spend some of a Sunday afternoon in the park.

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An overview including the rowing crew. The garden is composed of 54 human figures, eight boats, three dogs and monkey and a cat.

It was first planted in 1988, and has continued to be enhanced through the years.

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Next door is the former Ohio School for the Deaf. This school was built in 1868, and features a number of gargoyles shaped as faces above the doorways.

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Rather than the normal grotesque gargoyles, these are friendly faces.

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To me they are the children of the school welcoming others.

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The keep a watchful eye on all who arrive.

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Situated on the east side of the building, they face the Topiary Gardens.

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Not quite sure many of them are sticking their tongues out, but they add some humor to the impressive building.

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A visit to the Gardens and the school are a must.

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