The Topiary Park

480 East Town Street

A Historic Gem
Though the Topiary Park that we know today was dedicated in 1992, the seven-acre park’s history goes back much further. The topiaries are nestled within what was historically called Old Deaf School Park, which has a past spanning back to the early 19th century. The popularity of the topiaries and their attraction to tourists has led the park to become popularly known as the Topiary Park. However, when you look at the park’s roots you find the history of the Ohio School for the Deaf, the inspiring story of James and Elaine Mason who first dreamed of a topiary garden and, of course, you see the muse: Georges Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte.

The care and energy of the Friends of the Topiary Park has ensured that these stories thrive along with the beautiful living sculptures, and they have created educational resources to enhance the visitor experience.


Lawrence Radford

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Great place to go out back of the main library. Went for an event before Christmas. The downtown library always has events going on. would be a good spot for bagging lunch in the spring. Library has snack bar now. If you haven't checked out the main library since the renovation you must go! The topiary park is only one part of it.

Feleecia Thrash

Monday, Sep. 4, 2017

This is a very clean well manicured park not far from the city center. It boast lush mature trees, a small pond, and beautiful flower beds. There is plenty of seating with benches and picnic tables or even bring your favorite blanket and grab a soft spot beneath a shade tree! Its also within steps of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch. It's very peaceful and serene. I call it mini central park. On summer night the even show movies in the park!

Chad Harris

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

This is park is by far my favorite. I love the impressionist painting sculptures against the beautiful architecture of the high school. During the winter time it's all lit up with lights and the gift shop sometimes has hot chocolate. I just love this park!

Jennifer Russell

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

This park is a hidden gem and provides a truly unique experience. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic among the topiary garden and then head into the main library while you are there - another great resource in the great city of Columbus!

Scott Russell

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Tis a decent & quite place. Spring & Summer are best times to visit. Always a conflicting place for me. Many homeless and/transient people find it appealing as well. Solicitation is not a proplem, but the dispair in their minds and souls is sorrowful.