“If you look the right way,…

“There’s naught as nice as th’ smell o’ good clean earth, except th’ smell o’ fresh growin’ things when th’ rain falls on ‘em.” 

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

On my constant trek to discover the greatness of Columbus, I found myself on the corner of 5th Street looking into the fence of an amazing house and gardens. I thought, well, that’s pretty. I walked along the side street and turned the corner. Upon inspection, I saw this door…

I immediately thought of “The Secret Garden,” and I wondered what treasures this wall held. I turned back to go see if I could inquire about this place, and I noticed that the side gate was open with a sign that said Irwin Gardens is open to the public 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Tuesdays. Just my luck! It was 2:05 pm on Tuesday!

This sight awaited me as I entered, and at that moment I was hooked! The Italianate gardens  begun in 1910 and finished in 1913 at the Irwin House. They are inspired by the ruins excavated at Pompeii.

On a hill above the sunken garden stands the tea house. The tea house is of Roman-Pompeian design and decoration and serves as a great vantage point of the property as well as to protect the marble fountainhead of the gardens largest water feature – the descending fountain.

I was in complete awe of this place. The old-world feel. The aromas of blooms. The serene, calming nature. It’s like I could feel the energies of times and lives passed, staying with these gardens for eons to come. Not because the energies cannot find a way to escape, but because they are meant to be there. To enjoy. To protect. To ensure its survival.

I urge you to take a visit to The Irwin Gardens on 5th Street in Columbus. It really is a sight to behold.

Also, by the way, I took these photos with my cell phone. I cannot believe how great they turned out!

For more information about the Irwin Gardens or the Inn at Irwin Gardens Bed and Breakfast, go to www.irwingardens.com.

About The Author

Tim Green

Tim Green is the co-host of the #QWakeUpCrew and can be heard on QMIX from 9 am to Noon. “I get to listen to music every day at work! How could I NOT love my job?!” His favorite part of the job is visiting various offices for the QMIX Office Party. Register for it now! Wait… read the rest of his bio, first. Then go and register! Tim is a pop culture fanatic, useless knowledge retainer, people-watcher, life-failer in remission that just happens to be borderline obsessed with Hollywood and is also long winded. He is still trying to find a film that lives up to his all-time favorite – “The Wizard of Oz.” You can follow the yellow brick road to him on Twitter : @Timmiejoe27! If Tim wasn't working on QMIX 107.3, his dream job would be a performer on Broadway – “I don’t need a leading role; just the funny side kick will do!”

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