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Hartman Rock Garden Saved

Hartman Rock Garden.We tip our sun visor to the Kohler Foundation, which has reportedly purchased the abandoned Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield, Ohio, and plans to restore it to its former lumpy glory.

We last saw Hartman’s Rock Garden in 2004, and though overgrown with weeds, it was surprisingly elaborate and built up for a backyard Dreamer, in an older neighborhood of modest homes. The property was open for anyone to wander around and enjoy the miniature buildings and scenes.

For decades, the Kohler Foundation has been saving similar home-made conglomerations in Wisconsin, and it’s good to see them reach across state lines again. According to the Dayton Daily News, H.G. Hartman was a “textbook environment builder,” but we liked him because he made pebble tributes to Custer’s Last Stand and the Dionne Quintuplets.

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Hartman Rock Garden

Address:
1905 Russell Ave., Springfield, OH
Directions:
I-70 exit 54. Turn north onto OH-72. At the first stoplight turn left onto Leffel Lane. Drive one mile. At the stoplight turn right onto Yellow Springs St. Drive a half-mile. Turn left at the blue building onto McCain Ave. Drive three blocks. You'll see the Garden on the left.
Hours:
Daily dawn-dusk. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Donations appreciated.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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