Welcome to Topiary in the United Kingdom
Topiary has been popular since the days of
ancient Rome and, if the tomb paintings
of ancient Egypt are to be taken literally, even before. The earliest
literary description of topiary (the art of clipping trees and bushes
into geometric or whimsical shapes) comes from the Roman Consul Pliny
the Elder (AD 62-110) writing about his garden in Tuscany, Italy. It
seems that its immediate popularity was ensured as the gardener who
first introduced it to the Romans, Cneius Matius, was a close friend
of Julius Caesar and the Emperor Augustus. It is more than likely that
the Romans introduced topiary into Great Britain and it has had a chequered
history ever since.
Topiary at Great Dixter, East Sussex, England
This Website aims to show the history of topiary
and to give details and photographs of the major topiary gardens in
the United Kingdom such as Levens Hall, Hidcote Manor, Knightshayes,
Packwood House and Great Dixter. It will also, eventually provide a
comprehensive database of specimens of topiary in other gardens including
smaller public and private ones.
Topiary in the United Kingdom is created by
Anthony Blagg, who lives in Worcestershire with his wife, shears and
family of ever growing topiary.
Nailers Cottage in the frost
Have you seen something that has caught your eye? We are always interested
to hear of unusual topiary specimens from anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Please send us a line, and perhaps a photograph, which could be published
New articles and photographs included recently are
Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, Beningbrough
Hall in Yorkshire, Chastleton House
in Oxfordshire and Castle Howard in
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