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Topiary - Design and Technique

By Christophe Crowder , Michaeljon Ashworth

ISBN: 9781861268167
PUBLISHED: 2006
PAGES: 128
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 160 colour photographs & line drawings

Topiary is as old as gardening itself. From the gardens of ancient Egypt to the arts and crafts creations of Edwardian England and the private and public gardens of today, living green sculpture has been clipped into shape. With its bold silhouettes, topiary is an icon that defines the hand of man in creating gardens, expressing the gardeners ideas and firing the observers imagination.

Topics covered include Assessing the site Design and structural form: the outdoor space and the topiary piece Preparation and planting; regular and long-term maintenance Clipping techniques and step-by-step methods of creating topiary pieces Hedge topiary, simple shapes; complex and figurative shapes Rejuvenation, propagation, and solving problems

Informative photographs offer ideas and starting points for creating your personal topiary work, while guidelines to creating specific shapes and designs are set out in simple diagrams that illustrate the stages of transformation from unruly shrub to stylised art form.

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