Topiaries

Topiaries

As a gardener, one of my favorite things is to prune my plants. This prevents them from getting too leggy, keeps them well-contained where I want them to grow and it helps them develop tighter, more pleasing contours. So, I suppose it was the most natural thing in the world for the earliest gardeners to look at a plant and suddenly visualize that, with just a little judicious pruning, the shape of a squirrel might emerge or an elephant or a rabbit. Or perhaps the first topiary was a simple ‘ball’ or ‘cube’. Whatever the case, topiaries, as with Edward Scissorhands’s creations, were as inevitable as they were irresistible. 

Here’s a 6-minute video on creating topiaries. Here’s a 2-minute video on Disney World topiaries, plus a 1-minute video of a behind-the-scenes look at making these topiaries. This is a 2-minute video on a garden full of topiaries.

FunFacts about Topiaries: (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: Topiary is the horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes, whether geometric or fanciful. The term also refers to plants which have been shaped in this way. As an art form it is a type of living sculpture. The word derives from the Latin word for an ornamental landscape gardener, topiarius, a creator of topia or “places”, a Greek word that Romans also applied to fictive indoor landscapes executed in fresco. (Source)
  • The most common plants used for topiary are boxwood, myrtle, yew, arborvitae, privet, bay laurel and holly.
  • The best plants for topiary have small leaves or needles, are evergreen and produce dense growth.
  • A clipped hedge is a straightforward topiary.
  • Sometimes, shaped metal frames or cages can be used to train a plant to a topiary shape. Ivy can be used in this way.
  • European topiaries date back to ancient Rome.
  • Both China and Japan have practiced topiary and their related art forms of penjing and bonsai.
  • The worlds tallest topiary is Samban-Lei Sekpil in Manipur, India. It is 18.6 meters tall, or 61 feet.
  • This page, toward the bottom, contains a list of gardens from around the world that feature topiaries.
  • In 1962, Walt Disney introduced the ‘portable topiary’ to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Quote: This style of topiary is based on a suitably shaped steel wire frame through which the plants eventually extend as they grow. The frame, which remains as a permanent trimming guide, may be either stuffed with sphagnum moss and then planted, or placed around shrubbery. The sculpture slowly transforms into a permanent topiary as the plants fill in the frame. (Source)

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37 thoughts on “Topiaries

  1. I like the fanciful animal-shaped topiaries! I always wanted to have a secret garden pathway made out of shrubs, but I know I’d never have the patience to grow and shape them.

  2. Love the pictures! I always enjoyed seeing topiary especially up close, though I like the animal ones best. I enjoyed watching the videos, amazing what they do at Walt Disney to create their Disney topiaries.

  3. Wow! Loved the videos and pictures. Always loved looking at topiarirs. Makes me want to go to local nursery so I can try and do the basic ball one.

  4. I’m in awe of the people that can make art out of bushes! That peacock is amazing! One of my aunts who is all about christmas has some boxwood hedges that she used to trim into fun shapes for the holidays.

  5. Always have been fascinated by topiaries and the patience to do them. Such gorgeous pictures and definitely love the animal ones the best. AZ

  6. They are beautiful to look at.

    But, since I barely have time to pull a weed or two, I guess they won’t be appearing in my gardens anytime soon. LOL.

  7. If one has the time, patience, and skill, I’m sure it would be fun to attempt this feat. Unfortunately, that leaves me out!

  8. Loved the Disney video. It’s so cool people can do that. I don’t have a artistic bone in my body so I stand in awe of these talented people.

  9. I live near Ladew Topiary Gardens–beautiful. And Longwood Gardens. Both are well-known in the formal gardens arena.

    One of my favorites at Ladew is the hounds chasing the fox–this area of Maryland was once known for English-style fox hunting–it’s a series of topiaries. There’s also a steeplechase race track on the grounds. There’s an occasional race there, plus polo. A lot of race horses are bred in this part of Maryland.

    denise from maryland.

  10. I started loving the mazes back when I started reading historical romance novels 28 years ago. When I was playing certain games with topiaries used to decorate I started falling in love with the different shapes! Now I want to visit a place with lots of them!
    Sanford, Maine

  11. Too sculpted for me!!! Although I admire the gardeners talent and patients I prefer a free feel to my garden! Give me more jungle!!! LOL

  12. First viewed topiary with animal shapes in England. Have since seen it in U.S. gardens, but the peacock you displayed is amazing. Also loved the toads around the cottage.

  13. I have never created a topiary at all. I just have had regular gardens with vegetables and flowers, although I did design an area for my flowers and bulbs so that I had different flowers popping up throughout the year. I love the photo with the bird, so cool!

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