A few years ago, I spent some time in beautiful Costa Rica. Due to a mudslide, our van driver had to take a much longer, circuitous route back to the airport. We came through a small town somewhere in the mountains and stopped in front of this church. The walkway up to the church was covered with huge living arches forming a green canopy.
I had seen topiary art before – the art of trimming or training shrubs and trees into unusual ornamental shapes -but not on this monumental scale. Someone, many decades ago, must have had a grand vision of these towering living garden arches and worked diligently, year after year, to create the shapes we can admire now.
Sometimes, detours are the best way to discover things you didn’t even know existed.
If you’d like to see a short video of a festival going on at this site (Parque de Zarcero, Costa Rica), click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55mybOdnC6k