Le Jardin Topiary


Sculpting the landscape.

Creating beauty from our environment.

Being respectful to existing eco-systems.

These are just a few of the many goals of the Landscape Architect.

Topiary is one landscape practice — clipping trees, shrubs and foliage to create shapes and specific forms.  I like to think of topiary as the practice of creating sculptural artwork with the world’s most beautiful and natural art supplies.  The practice dates back to the Roman times but 17th century Frenchman, Andre Le Notre, was a notable force in two early projects: Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte which are two masterpieces studied extensively for their creativity and size by modern landscape architects today.  In general, modern landscapes prefer more controlled and sculpted forms.  Most often we see boxwood as the plant of choice for topiary gardens but almost any tree or shrubbery can be trimmed, clipped and sculpted into a form of your choice.  We sculpt our large camilla bushes, but even a small, table-top, sculpted plant can bring you joy.

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