Monumental Topiary Art in Costa Rica

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.

Walkway to church

Walkway to church

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.

Living arches

Living arches

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:

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16 Responses to Monumental Topiary Art in Costa Rica

  1. How unusual! Thanks for taking us there. I’m all about ‘off the beaten track’ and the unexpected is the best adventure. Cheerio, CC


  2. Aggie says:

    Thank you. Beautiful.


  3. Tish Farrell says:

    Heavens, this seems like a collision between Tolkein’s Lothlorien and Jabberwocky’s tulgy wood. What an extraordinary discovery.

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  4. This is gorgeous! What was the name of the little town? I’d love to go there. When I visited the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan they had an incredible topiary on the walkway leading into the museum. The bushes looked like they were melting from the bombing. I would love to know how they do this. Way too much work for me, but it’s beautiful.


  5. restlessjo says:

    Fantastic, Annette ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it!


  6. Ah yes, off the beaten track when traveling results in wonderful moments like this. Travel Serendipity! Thank you.


  7. dadirri7 says:

    fascinating shapes, living art, I love the idea of someone creating it patiently over the years ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Wow! These are amazing. We were hoping to go to Costa Rica this spring but ended up putting off the trip. This reminds me how much I’d like to visit there!


  9. speakingwins says:

    Some gardeners have epic vision and patience.


  10. I was there a few months ago, and keep meaning to do a post about it. It’s a fascinating place, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Wow! That’s fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the way you’ve framed the photos too!


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