Have You Done the German Village Art Walk?

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Have you Done the German Village Art Walk? Even if you are a frequent visitor or a native, this self-guided audio tour will give you the background, fascinating stories, and show you the public art gems you may have missed! The German Village Art Walk celebrates this beautiful community, the first historically designated neighborhood in Columbus, located just south of Downtown. Filled with German-American culture, names, and even foods, German Village is a favorite destination for natives and tourists alike. The Art Walk strongly features the local architecture, including German Village’s many limestone post-and-lintel construction buildings, Dutch doubles, and brick cottages. All of these styles are typical of, and common to the area. Italianate details are also frequently noted, as are slate roofs, and the City Park Avenue stone stoops and snowbirds are explained to the Art Walk tourist.

Many of the beautiful and eye-catching local landmarks are featured on the tour, with fascinating background stories. Schwartz Castle is a featured landmark, along with it’s legendary and quirky original owner. Barefoot jogging anyone? The Lang Stone Company warehouse on Jackson Street was once a stone yard credited with creating many of the stone lintels, stoops, steps, and foundations you see in German Village today. The warehouse is now a celebrated private home. The Brothers’ house was built by feuding brothers, who couldn’t even agree on their home’s style. This Dutch Double home still clearly shows their differences! The Wittenmeier Home was an Italianate home with a unique plumbing system and an indoor playground when it was built. The Kremer House includes stones from all over the world.

Saint Mary’s, built in the Gothic style by southside German Catholics, has many historic details that were added after the original construction. Hers is the third oldest parish in Franklin County. St. Mary’s bells still mark the hours and her chimes ring out at noon. The Lang House, German Village Society Meeting Haus, Oktoberfest Cottage, The Golden Hobby Shop, Stewart Elementary, Columbus Maennerchor Club, and the Roomer Houses are also featured buildings.

Some of the local shops are noted; Gallery space in Caterina Ltd. featuring local artists, Franklin Art Glass Studios, the original Max and Erma’s, Von Gerichten Art Glass Studio, Schmidt’s Restaurant, and Old Mohawk restaurant. The Book Loft, with 32 rooms, is one of the most famous book stores in Ohio, is also featured.

German Village’s parks are not left out. Frank Fetch Park is a tiny pocket park named in honor of Frank Fetch, the founder of The German Village Society. This little horticultural gem is now maintained by a local group, and is one of the most visited parks in Franklin County! Schiller Park, it’s sculptures, and history is explained, as is the mysterious theft of a statue that has never been solved. The WPA-built caretaker’s cottage, Schiller’s Mountain, and beautiful Huntington Garden are also featured.

Columbus Art Walks are a wonderful way to get to know your city, get fit, stay healthy, and experience our beautiful public art. Download the audio tour, print out the map, and go explore your city!

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Enjoy the Five Best Gardens in Columbus Area

You can enjoy the five best gardens in Columbus with our list of favorites. Pick one that appeals to you, or spend time over the spring and summer months exploring them all! Gorgeous, interesting, educational, and sometimes sentimental, these gardens should not be missed by those who love flowers, foliage, and the outdoors. We even provide links and addresses to make your expeditions easy and fun.

Explore your city, Columbus, and enjoy the best gardens in Columbus today!
Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 E Broad St, Columbus OH, 43203 614-715-8000
Admission to indoor gardens is $19 Adults / $16 Seniors  / $12 Children 3-12
Columbus OH Franklin Park Conservatory
Located in downtown Columbus, near German Village, the indoor gardens in the conservatory are beautiful and bloom all year round. The outdoor gardens begin to bloom with beautiful bulbs and budding trees in April and come into their full glory by June. Outdoor gardens include community vegetable garden projects, walking trails, and an outdoor amphitheater, too.

With smooth paths, ramps, and accommodations for disabilities, these gardens are accessible to all. There are art installations both indoors and out, which means children should be supervised.

Inniswood Metro Gardens
940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville OH 43081
This Metro Park beauty is located in Westerville, and it’s 123 acres feature theme gardens with a rose garden, herb garden, woodland rock garden, and children’s garden. There is a garden here to everyone’s taste, and this is a gem not to be missed! From an enormous hosta collection to a little moss garden in the rock garden area, there is something here for everyone who’s heart goes pitty-pat for gorgeous landscapes.

With smooth, paved paths over almost all of the grounds, these gardens are very accessible. There are some steeper grades in the rock garden, and narrower paths in the children’s garden that could be a challenge. Most of the gardens are completely away from all traffic, and are perfect places for small children to run and play. The children’s garden has been designed for the joy of youngsters, and lovers of children’s literature.

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens
Next to Howlett Hall at 2001 Fyffe Court on the OSU Agriculture campus in Upper Arlington/Campus Area.
Free and open to the public during daylight hours, the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens are a part of the Agriculture Department at OSU. Beautiful and peaceful, spring, summer and autumn, these gardens have wonderful plant collections, benches, short and easy walking paths, and a contemplative labyrinth for meditation. Most plants and trees are labeled, and perfect for educating young and old about these lovely gardens.

Mostly accessible, there are some shallow steps, a few stone paths, and the labyrinth can be enjoyed from, but not travelled in a wheelchair. While great for all ages, it is not fenced and is bordered by busy streets. Small children should remain under direct supervision.

Whetstone’s Columbus Park of Roses
3901 North High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Whetstone Park of roses
Located in the heart of Clintonville, this is one of the largest and most famous rose gardens in the U.S. Thirteen acres, with three unique rose gardens, an herb garden, perennial garden, and an Ohio prairie. Housing 11,500 roses and over 400 varieties, there are roses for everyone here. Included are the ancient wild roses, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures, climbing, and shrub roses. They even have a garden filled with low-maintenance Earth-friendly roses in an informal garden setting. The roses are best seen in June and July, with the most roses in bloom at once. The scents and sights are truly amazing.

Very accessible, the gardens are planted on a slight hill which may be a mild challenge to wheeled visitors, but with wide smooth paths throughout. Away from traffic, this is a wonderful park for children, with wide lawns on which to run and play.

The Topiary Park
480 E Town Street, Columbus OH, 43215
Columbus OH Topiary Garden
Open during daylight hours, this astonishing park is a Georges Seurat painting come to life in topiary! A landscape designed to mimic a painting of a landscape, it’s a beautiful example of living art. Come walk among the visitors to “A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte” in Columbus!

Contact the Friends of Topiary Park, and arrange a docent tour of the beautiful landscape. Perfect in any season, as the evergreen topiaries are all visible and enjoyable even in winter. Although we do recommend warmer temperatures for full enjoyment, the park is lovely any time of the year.

Fully accessible to everyone.