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. You can find a short history of topiary here.

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 some private ones.

Topiary in the United Kingdom is created by Anthony Blagg, who lives in Worcestershire with his wife, shears and 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 Erddig, Bodysgallen Hall and Bodnant in North Wales, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, Castle Howard in Yorkshire, Arley Hall Gardens and Tatton Park in Cheshire, Spetchley Park Gardens in Worcestershire, Sizergh Castle in Cumbria and Warwick Castle in Warwickshire. There are also new photographs for Wightwick Manor near Wolverhampton.

If you know the name of a garden but don't know exactly where it is then try our Full Alphabetical List of Gardens.

We also have a sister topiary site, Topiary Today for gardens outside the UK.

Interested in the history of Great Britain? Then visit our other sister site www.britainunlimited.com about the lives of 250 Greatest Britons.

Why did this site used to be called Frost at Midnight?

Britain Unlimited

Britain Unlimited covers 250 of the greatest Britons. It tells you who they were, what they did and where they went so that you too can follow in their footsteps.

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Topiary Today

The United Kingdom too small for you? Topiary Today covers the rest of the world including some of those fantastic Italian gardens.

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How to do Topiary: A Beginners Guide

This e-book was published on Amazon Kindle in 2012. Don't worry though, you can download it to any device.

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