Topiary in the United Kingdom
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The history and creation of topiary with garden listings


Welcome to Topiary in the United Kingdom

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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
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
Nailers Cottage in the frost
Worcestershire, England

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 an email, and perhaps a photograph, which could be published here.

New articles and photographs included recently are Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, Castle Howard in Yorkshire, Arley Hall Gardens in Cheshire, Tatton Park in Cheshire, Spetchley Park Gardens in Worcestershire, Sizergh Castle in Cumbria and Warwick Castle in Warwickshire as well as an updates on Coughton Court in Warwickshire and Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire.

Full Alphabetical List of Gardens

Also see our sister topiary site Topiary Today for gardens outside the UK.

Visit our sister site about the lives of 250 Greatest Britons.

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