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Bison Topiary

Immerse further into Topiary Takeover! The twenty topiaries inspired by UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites are paired with additional content to further guest enjoyment and accessibility. Use the four green links below to be taken directly to the additional content:

Audio Tour: Listen to Conservatory staff poetically describe the topiary displays, as well as the surrounding plantings. The audio sets the scene and provides context and plant information for each display.

Written Description: Read a written transcript of the audio tours to learn more about each display. The description provides context and plant information.

Image Gallery: View images of the topiary displays. The gallery shows the displays as a whole as well as the details that make each one special.

Playlist: Listen to the music that plays with each display, highlighting various cultures and connections to the UNESCO sites.

Audio Tour

Conservatory staff read a description of the bison topiary that’s grazing in a grass prairie like those of Yellowstone National Park.

Written Description

Read a written version of the audio tour that describes the bison topiary and Yellowstone National Park-inspired plantings.

The prairies of Yellowstone are filled with grasses, sedges, and scrub shrubs. Bison are recognizable by the protruding shoulder hump. Our bison‘s hump is covered with long blades of bronze carex. While the remainder of the body is covered in the hairy leaves of brown lysimachia. This bison’s face is trimmed with brown reindeer moss, which is a type of lichen. 

Bison feed primarily on grasses and sedges. This bison’s summer buffet is a plot of land filled with two native grasses;  switchgrass and little bluestem and a European visitor of blue oats grass. Like cows, bison have four stomachs. It takes roughly 80 hours for grass to make it through the bison’s digestive system. A few colorful rudbeckias, more commonly known as black-eyed susans, add to this grass prairie.

Image Gallery

View the bison topiary, the entire grasslands-inspired scene and detail shots of the plant life.


The music you are listening to is created by Native American musicians. Some of the music are songs sacred to tribes while others range genres including folk, rock and pop that describe the present-day experience of Indigenous Peoples.

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