Wordless Wednesday Link Up and Blog Hop: Columbus Old Deaf School Park & Topiary Garden

My youngest daughter attends acting classes quite often in downtown Columbus & currently her classes are held an easy walk from one of my favorite parks:  The Columbus Old Deaf School Park and Topiary Garden.  I wanted to share some photos of the Topiary Garden as today's Wordless Wednesday blog hop!  Don't forget to share your latest Wordless (or not so wordless) posts in the link up at the end of this post!

The Old Deaf School

As you walk down the path toward the pond, you can see the re-purposed, remaining building of the Old Deaf School in the background.

The Topiary Garden
The garden itself is a topiary representation of Georges Seurat’s Post-Impressionist painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte.   Sources say that this garden is the only known topiary representation of a painting.   The garden contains 54 human figures, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey and a cat—each made of yew and the tallest standing at 12 feet. The scene also includes a man-made pond to represent the River Seine, with boat-shaped topiaries.

 The Topiary Garden changes with the seasons as various plants bloom at different times.  In the various photos, the framework for spring and summer foliage is visible during the winter months.

 The Old Deaf School Park holds a few tables and benches for visitors.

The Topiary Garden Museum Store
The museum store is open seasonally during limited hours.  I have not been to the park when the store has been open--but, hopefully, I can take a look inside this summer!

What Happened to the Old Deaf School?
The original school ground was left vacant in the 1940's when a new campus was built in another area of the city and the buildings and grounds suffered through decades of disrepair.  A fire damaged the structure significantly in the 1980's.  The only remaining structure from the original Deaf School has been rebuilt and repurposed and currently houses the Cristo Rey Columbus High School. 

You can learn more about the Old Deaf School and the Topiary Garden on The Topiary Park website.

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  1. Wowzers. So beautiful. I would love to visit that place. Very interesting about the Deaf School and the history there to me as I work next door to CSD (California School for the Deaf). Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful week.

  2. What beautiful gardens! Walking around there seems like a perfect way to spend a day. Happy Wednesday!

  3. How cool!
    Thanks for linking up at

  4. Such great designs. Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful idea for scenery for the students.

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

  5. What a lovely place to visit!

    Happy WW!



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