Though they haven't always been the focus of my travels, I've seen a fair number of interesting gardens and inspiring natural places in the US and abroad. Seems as if it might be fun to share some of them. In that spirit, let's go to the fantastical topiaries of Zarcero, Costa Rica. This pretty little mile-high mountain town, a couple hour's drive from San Jose, is best known for its main square, the Parque Francisco Alvarado, where Evangelisto Blanco wields what must be some of the most well-worn pruning shears on the planet. He has spent decades coaxing all kinds of Dr. Seussical fantasies from the cypress trees that adorn the square in front of the Iglesia San Rafael.
Tireless Evangelisto singlehandedly sculpted everything from dancing people and animals to dinosaurs to a dramatic arched promenade.