We’ve all seen charming topiary gardens which run the gamut from grandiose geometric to cute Disney characters, and everything in between. But imagine a lush topiary that’s a living reproduction of a post-impressionist painting from late 19th Century France; an afternoon in the park with Paris at its casual best.
This distinctive garden art all happens in downtown Columbus, Ohio in the aptly named Topiary Garden Park. Modeled on Georges Seurat’s famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, it’s the only topiary park in existence that’s based on a painting.
There are lots of reasons that most of us don’t have one of these verdant vistas in our back garden: lack of time and money are two of the biggies, but also, because creating a topiary garden requires an unusual combination of skills.
First, the gardener must have the green-thumb gene which helps them know what to plant and how to keep it alive. Next, must come the patience to allow the shrubs enough time to grow to the desired size. And most importantly, the creator must have the vision and artistic skill to trim a living sculpture from a green clump of vegetation, all using normal gardener’s tools.
Visiting this unique topiary was one of the high points of our trip to Columbus. It was fascinating to realize that walking through the garden gave us the perspective of being inside a famous painting; enjoying a picnic, watching the boaters on the Seine, or simply people-watching.
Ever since the Revolution opened the Royal Parks to the public, the French have had the right idea about the picnic as an art form. Now it seems that the city of Columbus has adapted the idea in a big way and the Topiary Garden Park is proof positive. Don’t miss it.
Happy Trails and Good Health,
James & Terri