By Heather Rader
Posted On: Apr 12, 2021
Spring brings warmer temperatures, vibrant blooms and lush gardens. April is National Garden Month, and there's no better time to visit a local garden to admire Ohio's natural beauty.
From topiary figurines, stone structures, artistic sculptures and thousands of plant species, you'll find lots of green spaces and colorful scenery to admire at these unique gardens in Ohio!
NOTE: Check directly with places before you go to learn about their health guidelines, safety updates and any required reservations.
Topiary Park in Columbus
Located in downtown Columbus, the Topiary Garden Park is the only public park of its kind in the world! The seven-acre garden is a living recreation of Georges Seurat's painting, A Sunday Afternoon On The Ile De La Grande Jatte. Columbus sculptor, James T. Mason, began the project in 1989. He created the figures from bronze frames while his wife, Elaine, served as the topiarist. Visitors can stroll through the park to see more than 60 topiary sculptures. And be sure to stop at the point "As He Saw It," to view the garden as Seurat saw the scene when he was painting it. The Topiary Garden Park is free to the public.
Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield
The Hartman Rock Garden started as a backyard project in 1932 by Ben Hartman. He used concrete, metal, glass, wood and more than 250,000 stones to create a miniature world of handmade figurines and structures. Perusing through the garden, visitors will find castles, a replica of the White House, Mount Vernon Replica, several tableaus and many other miniature surprises. The Hartman Rock Garden is now known as a significant folk-art site in the country and welcomes the public with free admission.
Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark in Dayton
Nature enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the variety of landscapes in Wegerzyn Gardens. This 88-acre park offers several formal gardens including an Arbor Garden, an English Garden, Victorian Garden and Woodland Garden. The Marie Aull Nature Trail and the Swamp Forest are excellent trails for a stroll in nature while the Children's Discovery Garden is designed to encourage children to learn more about gardening and the natural settings of Ohio. Wegerzyn Gardens is free to the public.
Schoepfle Garden in Wakeman
Bordered by the Vermilion River, the 77-acre botanical garden and natural woodland is the perfect spot in Lorain County to admire nature's beauty. Schoepfle Garden has four sections; The Formal Garden with hedges, topiaries and an array of exotic flowers, The Shade Garden with a canopy of pines and other shade trees, The Natural Woodland with nearly fifty acres of woodlands and The Schoepfle Children's Garden which features a musically inspired garden and a restored carousel. Schoepfle Garden is free to the public.
Toledo Botanical Garden in Toledo
With more than 60 acres of gardens and plant collections, the Toledo Botanical Garden is referred to as a museum for plants. Featuring a Perennial Garden, Dahlia Garden, Rose Garden, Herb Garden and Woodland Garden, the Toledo Botanical Garden boasts hundreds of plant species. As a nationally accredited Hosta Collection, visitors can view more than 500 taxa and admire more than 400 cultivators along the award-winning "Daylily Walk." While perusing the gardens, be sure to look for more than a dozen artist sculptures throughout the park. The Toledo Botanical Garden is free to the public.
Other notable gardens in Ohio to check out:
- The Dawes Arboretum in Newark
- Holden Arboretum in Kirtland
- Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield
- Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron