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Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio Brings Fine Art to Life

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Topiary Park in downtown Columbus is one of the most unique parks you will ever visit, bringing a famous painting to life in topiary form!

I consider Topiary Park to be one of Columbus’ most precious hidden gems! Unless you hear about it from someone else, you might not even know it exists! But once you find it, you will realize you are seeing a work of art that is a masterpiece!

topiary park in Columbus, Ohio.

What is Topiary Park?

Topiary Park is one of the most unique parks in Columbus. The park is a plant-based recreation of the famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. While the original painting  hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, you can visit a larger than life creation in downtown Columbus!

a close up view of the topiaries in the park.

Where is Topiary Park in Columbus?

Topiary Park is just east of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library and can be found at the corner of E. Town Street and S. Washington Avenue in the Discovery District of downtown Columbus, Ohio.

The park is adjacent to the library which is a gem in itself! Heading out the back door of the library and into the park is the perfect ending to your visit to the library!

umbrellas on the patio of the Main Library.

Or, if you visit the park first, head inside to the library and grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat at Carnegie Cafe just inside! Besides the tables in the courtyard behind the library, there are benches to sit on throughout the park and picnic tables for having lunch or a snack.

What is there to See And Do in Topiary Park?

Topiary Park (also known as Old Deaf School Park) includes hand sculpted topiaries of people, animals and boats.

Old Deaf School Park sign in Topiary Park.

The area has been a park since the 1800’s but the topiary part of the park was sculpted in 1989 by James and Elaine Mason, Columbus residents.

Topiary animals in the park.

Seeing these topiaries in person is a really cool experience! It’s just one of the most unique things to walk amongst these larger than life-sized creatures!

The topiaries take up just a fraction of the park on the east side. The rest of the park has paved paths for walking and is very stroller friendly. There is a circular path to walk within the park as well as off-shoots of the path that lead out of the park on the west side.

As He Saw It

a metal engraving of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte from the point of view of Seurat.

Don’t miss “As He Saw It” which shows the view of the park from the scene as painted by Seurat. The hills and the pond in the park are meant to resemble the River Seine. It’s fun to match up what you see in the park with the painting!

the pond and hills meant to symbolize the River Seine.

Concerts and Events

The park is home to PB&J Jazz concerts for children which take place in the summer months. Often the park also hosts outdoor movies in the summer and other special events and it is decorated with lights during the holidays!

Tips for Visiting Topiary Park

When is Topiary Park Open?

The park is open from dawn to dusk and is in full bloom from April to November.

Topiary Park in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Where to Enter Topiary Park

There are a couple of entrances to the park with the gatehouse at the southeast corner being the main entrance. I find it easiest to enter through the Main Library but if the library is closed, you can park on the street and enter through the gatehouse on S. Washington Ave. near Franklin Avenue.

Where to Park when Visiting

The easiest access to the park is through Main Library and parking is available in the library parking lot for less than $.50/hour. The parking garage is only available when the library is open. There is also metered parking available on the surrounding streets. The park itself is public and free to visit! 

a Topiary boat in the pond.

More Parks to Visit in Columbus:

You will not regret a visit to Topiary Park, especially during the months when it is in full bloom! If you’re visiting Columbus, check out Over 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio! Enjoy your visit!

two boys walking on the path in Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio.

 

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3 of the Most Unique Parks in Columbus Ohio

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These three unique parks in Columbus, Ohio provide beautiful scenery for your next walk in the park!

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Columbus has so many parks to explore! Parks are great options for families because they allow space for little kids to run around and they don’t cost a dime to explore!

While Columbus is full of playgrounds and parks, these three parks are particularly unique. They offer not just paths for walking, but some of the most beautiful and interesting scenery along the way. These three parks are one of a kind and are three of the must see parks in Central Ohio!

Three of the Most Unique Parks in Columbus:

1. Topiary Park

  • 480 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215
Topiary Park, columbus Ohio

Topiary Park

Topiary Park in downtown Columbus is truly one of the most unique parks in Columbus, if not Ohio and beyond! It is the only known park of its kind – plants depicting art! Obviously, the best time to visit this park is in the spring and summer when it is in full bloom. 

Plant Sculptures in Topiary Park, Columbus Ohio

Topiary Park

This public park features a recreation of Georges Seurat’s painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte. With larger than life size plant sculptures (created with yew trees), it’s a sight to behold! The garden consists of 54 people, boat sculptures and animal sculptures. (By sculptures, I mean created out of trees!).

(Surprise your kids by reading them this picture book featuring the scene before or after you go!)

plant sculptures in Topiary Park, Columbus Ohio

Topiary Park

You can enter the park through the you can visit the park through the Main Library or through the gatehouse on Washington Ave.

2. Inniswood Metro Gardens

  • 940 S Hempstead Rd, Westerville, OH 43081 
waterfall in Inniswood Metro Gardens

Inniswood Metro Gardens

Inniswood Metro Gardens is arguably the most curated of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks! The 123 acre park is filled with gardens and hidden gems.

treehouse and bridge in Inniswood Metro Gardens

Treehouse in Inniswood Metro Gardens

There is an herb garden, a rose garden, water features and more. The Sister’s Garden is specifically geared toward children with a small house to play in and a water pump to splash in. The trails are beautiful to walk! This park is in bloom in the spring and summer and the foliage is spectacular in the fall as well! 

Don’t miss the tree house with its suspension bridges and wooden walking paths! It’s one of the best places for kids to play in the park! (Please note, no food or drink is allowed inside the park but there are picnic tables just outside if you’ve brought a packed lunch!)

walking path and steps in Inniswood Metro Gardens

Walking path in Inniswood Metro Gardens

labyrinth path in Inniswood Metro Garden

Labyrinth path in Inniswood Metro Garden

3. Park of Roses

  • 3901 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214 
Roses in the Park of Roses, Columbus, Ohio

Park of Roses

The Park of Roses was opened one 1963 and covers 13 acres in the Clintonville neighborhood featuring over 12,000 rose species. 

walking path in the Park of Roses

Walking Path in the Park of Roses

There are several distinct rose gardens, plus additional gardens displaying perennials, trees and herbs. . The park is in peak bloom June through September and admission is free.

red roses and fountain in the park of roses in columbus, Ohio.There is a structure you can climb to view the gardens from on high – lots of fun for kids! And the park makes for a beautiful place to take a walk on a warm summer night!

I hope you get the chance to enjoy these unique parks in our beautiful city! I have enjoyed spending time in these parks with my family and they also provide educational experiences for our kids! What are some of your favorite parks in Columbus?

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2016 Columbus Holiday Scavenger Hunt: 25 Things to Find Before New Year’s Day!

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Welcome to What Should We Do Today’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt! If you’re out and about over the next two weeks, entertaining kids on winter break, doing last minute Christmas shopping or trying to squeeze in all Columbus has to offer during the holidays, here’s a list of 25 things to look for on your way! I’ve made a printable list so you can take it with you!

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Please, enjoy Columbus and have a Merry Christmas!

1. Glass Ornament Tree at Franklin Park Conservatory


2. Rotating Railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory


3. Polar Express Train at Ohio History Center


4. Book Tree at Grove City Library


5. Thomas Train at Main Library


6. Larger than Life Nutcrackers outside Grove City Library


7. Nutcracker display at Grove City City Hall


8. Christmas Tree in the Lazarus Building

 


9. Nativity Scene at Easton


10. The Three Wisemen at the State Auto Christmas Corner


11. Santa on the train at Easton


12. The Holiday Tree Farm at the Think Outside the Brick Exhibit


13. Santa’s Fire Truck at Columbus Commons


14. Large glowing balls at Bicentennial Park


15. Rudolph at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo


16. “Short North Pole” sign in Short North Arts District


17. Gingerbread Carousel at KDB Easton Town Center


18. Gingerbread North Market at Franklin Park Conservatory


19. Santa’s Gingerbread Camper at The Shops at Worthington Place


20. Life-sized Playmobil Knight at Learning Express Toys


21. Christmas Tree at Topiary Park


22. An underground world at Main Library


23. A painting snowman at Polaris Fashion Place


24. “Happy Holidays” on the Nationwide Building


 25. Large Hanging Wreaths at North Market


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