Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Columbus Park of Roses

If you have heard the saying "stop and smell the roses" then make sure that stop is at the Columbus Park of Roses. The fragrance in this park was wonderful! The Columbus Park of Roses was constructed in 1952 and it contains 13 acres of gardens. The gardens include the Main Rose Garden, perennial and herb gardens, the Heritage Garden and an Earth-Kind Demonstration Garden. The main rose garden contains over 11,000 rose bushes of 350 different varieties. The normal peak times are mid-June and mid-September. I visited the garden in early August and still found lots of roses in bloom even considering how dry, hot and humid it has been in the Midwest. The Columbus Park of Roses is one of the AARS (All-America Rose Selection, Inc) approved gardens in the United States and one of the largest municipal rose gardens in the United States.
What I enjoyed about this garden was that you could view the garden from the top of an observation tower. You then could see the Italianate formal design with roses grouped in symmetrical beds. The tower was a great place to take pictures of the garden and to just enjoy the view. I did find lots of roses that I would like to add to my rose garden. With all the roses labeled it made it easy to take photos of the rose and label to help remember those special roses that I would like to have for my garden.

'Summer Fashion'

'Julia Child'

'Strike It Rich'

'Dream Come True'

'Double Delight'

'Blast Off'

'George Burns'

If you ever visit Columbus, Ohio stop for a visit to the Columbus Park of Roses. The Park of Roses is located in Whetstone Park and it is open from dusk to dawn. There is plenty of parking and the park admission is free. Enjoy your visit and stop and smell the roses!

Happy Gardening!

The Creative Gardener

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Visit to Topiary Park

Recently I had the chance to visit a very unusual garden in Columbus, Ohio. The garden is a topiary garden that is located in the downtown area. "Topiary Park" is a seven-acre park that is known for its topiary interpretation of Georges Seurat's famous Post-Impressionist painting of "A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte". In the photo above, you can see what the art work looks like. Now look at the next photo below and see the art come alive in topiary.

All the topiary forms are planted with yews (Taxus). The yews are trained to metal tube frames then trimmed to form the complete shape.

If you look carefully, you can see the frame work that supports the topiary.

Do you see a man sitting in a boat?

Do you see the gardener planting a plant in the pot?

Do you see the women, small child and the pet sitting on their laps?

I really enjoyed my visit to this garden. If you have the opportunity to visit Ohio, you might want to go to Columbus and visit Topiary Park. The park is free to visit and is open from dusk to dawn with plenty of parking on the street. The Topiary Park was dedicated in 1992 in what was the Old Deaf School Park.

Happy Gardening!

The Creative Gardener

If you love roses, check back for my next post on a visit to "The Park of Roses".

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