I am a fan of topiary. I especially like shrubs, trees, and other plants cut and shaped into animals. According to the Topiary Organisation, an international association of topiary growers and suppliers, topiary has a long history dating back to ancient Rome. It eventually became popular in Europe, especially in Italy, France, England, and the Netherlands. The Topiary Organisation further notes that “North America also has its tradition of topiary” and is “at the forefront of modern topiary development.” The “’New Topiary’” involves “wire-framed structures over which ivies or similar plants are trained.”

Topiary was once reserved for the gardens of the wealthy, but over time more people could see this art form for themselves as these gardens were open to the public. In addition to traditional topiary gardens, topiary can be found in a variety of other places across the world, including theme parks, city parks, and hotels.

Source: “The History of Topiary” – Topiary Organisation

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By David Ball (Own work) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons


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The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island as seen from the tea garden.

Date: July 2007

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Kenneth Allen [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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Topiary train, Lisburn It is located near Market Square

Date: 4 July 2008

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By Dincher (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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Entrance to Pearl Fryar’s topiary garden in Bishopville, South Carolina

Date: 19 September 2009

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By Kashif Mardani from Karachi, Pakistan (Green Animals Conference) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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Topiary animals at Qasim Park Karachi Pakistan.

Date: 23 March 2007, 21:44

Source: Green Animals Conference

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Yichun, Heilongjiang, China

Date: 4 July 2012

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Paul McIlroy [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Lion topiary Roadside topiary at Glenfarg

Date: 6 May 2008

Source: From

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Mummelgrummel [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

The island of Mainau. Flowers arranged as a peacock.

Date: 18 May 2013

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Ocean Park, Hong Kong. Taken by User:Sengkang of ENglish.Wikipedia in Mar 2006.


2 thoughts on “Topiary

    1. You are welcome, and thanks for liking my post. I am not sure if topiary is well-known outside of the gardening and landscaping community. I have heard of the term topiary before, but I did not know much about the history of topiary until I wrote this post. I also wonder how many people actually have the skills, time, and patience to create topiary gardens these days.

      I am glad that you are open to learning new things. I am constantly learning new things myself, and I enjoy being able to share what I learn with others on my blog. Your blog is quite informative too! 🙂


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