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Camel Topiaries

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 camel topiaries placed in an interpretation of the desert landscape of Wadi Rum in Jordan.

Written Description

Read a written version of the audio tour that describes the camel topiaries and Wadi Rum-inspired plantings.

Wadi Rum is a harsh but beautiful desert landscape made of narrow gorges, towering cliffs and caves; recognizable for its iconic blood-red colored sand, that has made it a popular location for many films. 

Camels of Wadi Rum have been domesticated by Bedouins, nomadic tribes that inhabit Arabic deserts. Life in the desert can be difficult, the physical features of camels make them excellent inhabitants of the desert. Their notorious humps allow them to store energy and go long periods without eating or drinking, while their large two-toed feet make it easier to walk on the desert sand. 

The desert of Wadi Rum is recreated at the Conservatory with our camel topiaries. One of our camels stands, while the other sits with a colorful blanket, waiting patiently for you to take a seat for a photo. 

Our Central Ohio climate is not even close to the harsh conditions of Wadi Rum. The Conservatory’s garden was created to be reminiscent of the desert with large Phoenix palms, airy lavender perovskia, and gaura’s floating white flowers planted alongside a bronze ipomoea to remind us of sand. The camels have fluffy hair tufts of carex, while the rest of the body is densely covered with a bronze Ajuga.

Image Gallery

View the camel topiaries, the entire desert-inspired scene and detail shots of the plant life.


Jordan has a thriving art scene with music that combines contemporary socio-political issues with classic Arabic sounds. The music from Jordan that you are listening to includes classical and contemporary sounds.

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