The complete book of topiary

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Workman Pub., Jan 1, 1988 - Gardening - 318 pages
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Presenting all the methods of formal plant shaping and introducing simple, fun, and fanciful techniques for creating informal indoor topiaries, Totally Topiary is clear, comprehensive, and written with an irrepressible passion for the art of making plants into living sculpture.

From hedge sculpture and espalier to indoor creations and an entire chapter on ivy, all major topiary styles both new and old are covered. Over 100 specific projects in the eight different styles are offered for a variety of skills and purposes, accompanied by handsome line drawings that serve as step-by-step models and elegant inspiration.

Each chapter is complete unto itself, recommending plants (Japanese yew is the hardiest for outdoor sculpture, but azalea can be coaxed into a startling pink flamingo), sharing design hints (espaliered fruit trees provide privacy from the neighbors with practical elegance), noting ideal times to plant. They also offer specifics on tools and hardware need, plus pruning and maintenance tips. A wealth of fascinating stories and charming anecdotes places each style in historical context, and helpful features list plant sources nationwide, along with topiary showcases worth visiting. 97,000 copies in print.

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Topiary, as defined in the book's glossary, is "the art of shaping plants, by clipping and training, to create living sculptures.'' The authors, well-known horticulturists, provide chapters on ... Read full review


The Lure of Topiary 13 S141vomos Pooouas
Growing on an Empty Frame 41 StraightStemmed Spiral 75
One Large Plant in the Form

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Gallup heads her own company Totally Topiary.

Reich is a horticulturist and landscape designer.

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