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Newport: Newport Mansions Tour

Courtesy of The Preservation Society of Newport County

Courtesy of The Preservation Society of Newport County

MAY 11 – October 14, 2013

Visit the Newport Mansions: The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, Green Animals, Kingscote and more. Open daily.Presented by the Preservation Society of Newport County

Check the operating schedule for dates and details, as schedules vary for each property seasonally.

Green Animals Topiary Garden

In a small country estate in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, overlooking the Narragansett Bay, there’s a garden with an abundance of plants as well as wild animals – including elephants and bears.  Green Animals Topiary Garden, the oldest topiary garden in the United States,  displays more than 80 pieces of topiary throughout the seven-acre garden, including animals and birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs, all sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood. A property of The Preservation Society of Newport County, the garden is open seasonally.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Opens






May – October, 2015

A swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan built with LEGOs.

A swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan built with LEGOs.

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks

September 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016

What more can you possibly build with LEGOs? If you love pollinators, how about a swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan? There’s inspiration galore to be found when the Nature Connects LEGO exhibition comes to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, September 19, 2015  – January 3, 2016.

The traveling exhibition made entirely of LEGO bricks was designed and built by New York artist Sean Kenney. Gainesville’s new woodland garden will feature 14 nature-themed installations comprised of 27 individual sculptures.

What’s Special? A 6-foot-tall praying mantis (built with more than 42,000 LEGO bricks) and a swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan. There are also duck and ducklings next to the pond, and a hummingbird with a trumpet flower (more than 31,500 bricks) off the Woodland Promenade.

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s new Gainesville location opens

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s new Gainesville location is now open! Considered a second campus, it’s on land donated in 2002 by the late Charles Smithgall and his widow Lessie in 2002. Also known as the ‘Smithgall Woodland Legacy,’ there’s approximately 168 acres, with a five-acre garden as part of the first phase of development.

Located at 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. The entrance is located on Cleveland Highway a 1/4 mile north of Limestone Parkway on what was formerly Lakehill Drive. Google Maps is the only accurate online map to find the new address. Do not rely on other GPS navigation.


Visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville  

The Gainesville Garden is located at 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, 30501 and open from April through October, Tuesday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and from November through March, Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $8 adults, $5 children 3-12, and free to children under 3 and Garden members. For information, visit www.atlantabg.org or call 404-888-4760.


Disney Magic for Gardener Travelers

0306ZX_0244MS-640x426 Floral versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck (with Daisy Duck in a cameo) star in a celebratory cookout scene in living topiary color at the Epcot front entrance during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival,(Matt Stroshane, photographer)

The 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is running March 6 to May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort. For Garden Travelers headed to Orlando, it’s the perfect venue for gardening inspiration – especially if you have any interest in topiaries. Or, even if you haven’t in the past, these marvels by Disney magicians impress.

Did you know that it takes 400 Walt Disney World horticulturists to install the festival’s landscape, topiaries and exhibits, along with 100 Epcot horticulturists to maintain the topiaries and other festival displays? And, more than 500,000 plants, trees and shrubs are planted for the festival.

For gardening enthusiasts, there are 150 hands-on gardening demonstrations and seminars. In addition, here are just a few exhibits that are new this year:


The Land of Oz Garden:(Gregg Newton, photographer)

  • The Land of Oz Garden, based on Disney’s “Oz The Great and Powerful,” is the largest festival garden ever, at nearly one-third acre.  There’s a “yellow brick road” that includes 40 feet of “yellow brick” decal, 40 feet of ForeverLawn yellow turf and an 80-foot-long floral path planted with 1,200 yellow viola plants, (that will be swapped out with tropical duranta plants in April).
  • New Disney character topiaries this year  include  Mike and Sulley, plus Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Cinderella, Belle and Beast, and Phineas and Ferb. At least 25 different plants, grasses and mosses of various colors, including pink and red begonias, dusty miller, palm fiber, palm seeds, ficus and lichen, are used to create festival topiaries.
  • Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House has more than 1,000 native butterflies, representing up to 10 species.  Among the garden’s two dozen nectar plants are Cape Royal plumbago, passion flower, coral honeysuckle, blazing star, butterfly bush, scarlet milkweed and canna lily. There are eight fairy topiaries of Pixie Hollow, including Tinker Bell, Fawn, Vidia and Terrence.  On the Imagination Walkway

Every Friday through Sunday, HGTV design celebrities will host Festival Center seminars. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.


Columbus: Topiary Park

Topiary Park, Columbus, Ohio

“If an artist can paint a picture of a landscape – art mimicking nature – then why not a sculptor creating a landscape of a work of art – nature mimicking art?”

— James T. Mason, sculptor and creator of the topiary interpretation of George Seurat’s famous painting

Undoubtedly one of the most unusual topiary gardens anywhere, Topiary Park is landscape art based on actual art, specifically a famous painting.

In 1988, artist and sculptor James T. Mason proposed that Georges Seurat’s landscape painting — “A Sunday on the Island of La Grand Jatte”—  be recreated in topiary within the seven-acre Old Deaf School Park located in downtown Columbus, Ohio and in 1992, Topiary Park was dedicated. Apparently, Mason’s wife requested that he build a topiary sculpture in their back yard. Instead, Mason came up with  idea of interpreting Georges Seurat’s famous painting in topiary. His wife, who  worked at the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, brought the idea to the director,  who “embraced the concept.”

Background: The Park is at the site of the original Ohio School for the Deaf, which opened in 1834. In 1953, the Ohio School for the Deaf moved to its present location and the City of Columbus turned the 7-acre site into a park. Mason constructed the bronze frames and planted the shrubs, and his wife Elaine was the first topiarist.

This unique topiary tableau comprises 54 human figures, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey and a cat – each made of yew, with the tallest standing at 12 feet. The scene also includes a man-made pond to represent the river seine, where boat-shaped topiaries reside next to beautiful water lilies

PhotosCcourtesy of  Friends of the Topiary Park

Website: Topiary Park