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Hartman Rock Garden

1905 Russell Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45506 USA

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“revered work of in situ folk art”

The Hartman Rock Garden is one of the nation’s most intriguing and revered works of in situ folk art, an outsider art phenomena where self-taught artists construct fascinating worlds out of concrete, metal, stone, and whatever else they can find. Over the past eighty-plus years, the Hartman Rock Garden has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. With its recent restoration and ongoing preservation, it is poised to welcome countless more over the coming decades. We hope you enjoy your visit and that you will consider making a donation to help ensure that this national treasure is preserved, maintained, and interpreted for future generations. Today, the Hartman Rock Garden is owned, interpreted, and maintained by the Friends of the Hartman Rock Garden, a local 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

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Reviewed by
mollie.moncrief

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 03, 2015
Rated 2.0

Very unique but their gate was locked. It's totally someone's yard.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
KeeganL

  • 5 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 28, 2015
Rated 5.0

Very cool! I spent longer there than I expected too, with so many details to see! In someone's backyard, but I didn't feel obtrusive. They have maps there detailing the history behind each individual rock sculpture. A donation box is there as well, which I was happy to give to after thoroughly enjoying this unique art instillation.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
catherine.palladino

  • 12 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
September 24, 2014
Rated 2.0

I didn't really think this was worth the stop. It was a very unique place but I was basically the size of someone's back yard. Doesn't seem pet friendly

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Lisa Cain

  • 12 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
August 21, 2014
Rated 4.0

Kids liked it. The water features were not all up and running however the rock features were very cool. Worth checking out if you are in the area!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kara.crawford.750

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 02, 2014

This place is definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. It's meticulously maintained and even the kids really enjoyed it. A true gem in the city.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Spschaser

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
April 04, 2014

This place was beautiful. So much time and dedication when into the property and it shows around every corner.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roadtripper132246

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 02, 2021
Rated 2.0

This is an interesting story but not worth a stop. May be better in spring or summer.

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Reviewed by
jmossroadtrips

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  • 3 Helpful
October 15, 2021
Rated 5.0

So cool, great history and life lessons. Neat Geocache too!!

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Reviewed by
FromSea2ShiningSea

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  • 23 Helpful
June 28, 2020
Rated 5.0

We went here June 25, 2020 (Thursday), and were the only ones here. It was a nice treat to have the place all to ourselves! This was my first time to the Hartman Rock Garden, and it was better than I imagined! It's located in a residential neighborhood, and parking is on either side of the street. Our gps took us right to where we needed to be.
It's free to enter, but they do have a donation box on the back side of the home. It's very creative and you can tell a lot of time was spent creating this outdoor work of art. There is a sign on the outside of the fence, and there are signs at the gate you enter to left of the house. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs/pets allowed. It is open from dusk until dawn. There is also a sign on the back of the house talking about the vision of the Hartman Rock Garden, and there's pamphlets available there in a box. There is an angel rock gate that you enter from the left side of the house. Then you turn the corner to the right and the garden is fenced in the backyard and side of a home. The grapevine trellis is a beautiful photo opp as sunlight partially shines through. There are flowers on the ground there and throughout the garden, adding to the beauty of it. There is a giant rock basket, a canoe, a cactus, birdbath, and other various exhibits with flowers. The castle with drawbridge is one of the highlights I'd say of the garden, and was one of my favorite exhibits. Another of my favorite scenes, The Lord's Supper, was located on that side of the garden as well. Noah's Ark rounds up my 3rd favorite scene, and is also located on that side of the garden too. There is a Native American/Pioneer scene and Death Valley exhibit. There are many patriotic rock pieces in the garden including the Liberty Bell, Lincoln's Cabin, the Washington Memorial, A colonial house with women sewing the American Flag, colonial soldiers, and more. My 70 year old father has a bad hip and knee, and he had no problem walking in the garden. You could probably spend anywhere from as little as 15 minutes to an hour or two depending on how much time you want to take it all in. It is definitely worth seeing!

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Reviewed by
Sharonclawges

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July 05, 2019

We really enjoyed this great work of art and the story behind it . It truly is a “LOVE GARDEN” read the story!

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Hartman Rock Garden

1905 Russell Avenue
Springfield, Ohio
45506 USA

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Open now until 7:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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