Day Trip to Columbus Part II: Inniswood Gardens
Berlin, OH - Events of Wednesday, June 24, 2015
As we said at the end of our last post, we saw a directional sign for Inniswood Gardens when we were on our way to lunch after leaving the Park of Roses. A quick check of the location using our smart phone showed it was only about a mile east of the restaurant where we were planning to go for lunch. Since we like to eat lunch late anyway, we decided to take a detour and check out the gardens before we ate.
Located in Westerville, Ohio, Inniswood Botanical Gardens is about 10 miles north of the Park of Roses we just visited and about 15 miles north of downtown Columbus. Nestled within a 121-acre nature preserve, Inniswood was once the 37-acre estate of sisters Grace and Mary Innis. Grace enjoyed gardening, and Mary was devoted to wildlife preservation. The sisters generously donated their home and land to Franklin County Metro Parks in 1972. There is plenty of free parking at the garden, and admission is free.
We knew right away from the attractive container garden right outside the entrance we were going to like Inniswood. The plants had such an interesting contrast of colors and textures! Even the sizes and shapes of the containers added to the interest.
The gardens are home to over 2,000 species of plants. There are beautifully landscaped flower beds, a rock garden, container gardens, woodland paths and specialty gardens featuring roses, herbs and ferns.
Right inside the entrance there were several well-planned flower beds with more interesting combinations of textures and colors.
The sister's former home is the site of educational programs, a reference library and staff offices.
We checked the map at the entrance and decided to tour the garden in a clockwise direction. Our first stop was at the Sisters' Garden, which was opened in 2002. The Sisters' Garden was designed to celebrate the inquisitiveness of childhood. There are a couple of mazes, a wetland garden, a turtle mound and a secret garden for kids to explore. There is a bronze statue at the entrance to the Sisters' Garden depicting Grace and Mary Innis as children.
Next on our tour was the rock garden with its pond and splashing stream.
We continued making our way through the herb garden, the cutting garden and the fern garden. The garden paths themselves were punctuated with more container gardens and with landscape beds.
There are several woodland trails. Spring Run Trail was especially inviting with container plants lining a bridge over the stream.
It was getting late, and we were getting hungry so we decided not to take any of the woodland trails. Instead, we continued on our way to the rose garden. The rose garden, although not nearly as extensive as the one at the Park of Roses, was nevertheless very nice. The roses are nicely showcased in front of a long, curving trellis.
The back side of the rose garden trellis is planted with a variety of perennials.
From the map we viewed as we entered the garden, we knew the rose garden was near the exit. Paul did a little clowning around as we headed for the exit.
So many times an unplanned stop turns out to be as good or better than the original destination. Inniswood Gardens was certainly one of those times. From Inniswood, we headed to City Barbecue for lunch. In our next post, we'll tell you all about it and about another stop we made on our way back to Berlin after lunch.