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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.

Synopsis:

You don-Yt need a green thumb-Xor even a garden-Xto make whimsical living sculptures and elegant decorative designs out of plants. Using today-Ys topiary techniques, anyone can master projects ranging from a conversation piece to a masterpiece, in sizes to fit living rooms, terraces, small backyards, or rolling estates.

Indoor Projects

,h Fashion a bird from fragrant flowering jasmine for your windowsill

,h Sculpt a snowy swan out of Glacier ivy

,h Offer your hostess a moss-covered teddy bear with a basket of potpourri

,h Festoon potted boxwood trees with tiny mandarin oranges to create a mini Versailles-Xin your living room

,h Grow a miniature rosemary tree in the kitchen

Outdoor Projects

,h Savor the fragrance and flavor of an herbal knot garden

,h Interlace overhanging branches of yew, hemlock, or cypress to form a tree tunnel.

,h Espalier dwarf fruit trees against a wall to make a backyard orchard

,h Crown shrubs with clipped shapes of peacocks, rabbits, and bears

,h Train ivy over a wire mesh screen to create a shady corner

Synopsis:

  • Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club

  • 97,000 copies in print

  • About the Author

    Deborah Reich is a New York City landscape designer who has worked for the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and as chief horticulturist for the World Trade Center.
    Barbara Gallup heads her own company, Totally Topiary, in Skillman, New Jersey. Winner of numerous prestigious horticultural prizes, her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, House and Garden, House Beautiful, The Garden Scene, and American Horticulturalist.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction

    The Lure of Topiary

    The Lore of Topiary

    Plant Names

    PORTABLE TOPIARY-XTabletop Whimsy on a Frame

    The Shape of Portable Topiary

    The Range of Frames

    Selecting Plants

    Showing Off

    Decorative Accents

    Supplies

    Hollow Creations

    Training

    Stuffed Sculptures

    Planting Wrapped Forms

    Care and Feeding

    Projects

    Growing on an Empty Frame

    Plant-As-You-Build Layered Sphagnum Form

    Building a Wrapped Form

    Planting in the Pot

    Plugging in the Form

    One Large Plant in the Form

    STANDARDS, POODLES, AND SPIRALS-XSplendor on a Single Stem

    Creating with Herbs

    Old Faithfuls

    Geraniums

    Elegant Oddities

    Roses

    Hardy Specimens

    All About Containers

    Raising Your Standards

    Maintenance

    Projects

    A Basic Standard

    Poodle Variation

    Knotted Trunk

    Braided Standard

    Corkscrew Spiral

    Straight-Stemmed Spiral

    Grafted Standard

    MOCK TOPIARY-XFaux Forms for Indoor Style

    Accents and Decorations

    Standards

    Geometric Sculptures

    Birds and Beasts

    Plant Materials for Lasting Accessories

    Festive Seasonal Specialties

    All About Containers

    Tricks of the Trade

    Projects

    Standard or Poodle

    Triple Poodle Variation

    Large Standard

    Saucer Standard

    Hanging Basket Standard

    Frameless Foam Birds and Bests

    Flower-Covered Bear

    Mock Espalier

    FRAMEMAKING-XElegant Armatures for Handcrafted Accents

    Wire

    Tools and Supplies

    Constructing a Wire Skeleton

    Using Chicken Wire

    Preparing the Frame for Planting

    Simple Frames for Pots

    Zoological Frames for Pots

    Freestanding Frames

    Chicken Wire Forms

    Standard Frames

    Projects

    Hoop

    Heart

    Fan/Peacock-Ys Tail

    Sparrow

    Goose

    Rooster

    Peacock

    Seal

    Basket

    Pyramid

    Rabbit

    Lamb

    Cat

    Turtle

    Terrier Dog

    Pig

    Dinosaur

    Sailboat

    A Quartet of Cones

    Teddy Bear

    Basket on a Stem

    IVY TRAINING-XA Vine Art

    All About Ivy

    Outdoor Ivy Sculpture

    Ivy as Architectural Accent

    Decorations on the Ground

    Decorating Walls

    Ivy Standards

    Portable Figures

    Trimming

    Recommended Ivies

    The Hardiest Plants

    Fancy Shapes

    Splashes of Color

    Big, Bold Leaves

    An Ivy Garden

    Caring for Ivy

    Projects

    Making a Grafted Standard

    A Graceful Spiral

    ESPALIER-XMurals of Tracery, Flowers and Fruit

    Planning an Espalier

    Selecting Plants

    Basic Training

    Supports

    How to Make Classic Shapes

    Mural Maintenance

    Pruning for Flowers, Fruit, and Berries

    Indoor Espalier

    Projects

    Vertical Cordons

    Diagonal Cordon Variation

    Serpentine Cordon Variation

    Horizontal Cordon

    Palmette Verrier

    Single U-Shape

    Palmette Oblique

    Belgian Fence

    Braided Trees

    Fan

    KNOT GARDENS-XTwined Between the Old and New

    Knot Gardens

    Flat Topiary

    Victorian Revival

    Creating a Knot

    Boxwood

    Herbs

    Dwarf Shrubs

    Annual Herbs and Bedding Plants

    Laying Out the Pattern

    Planting

    Projects

    Basic Outline

    Elizabethan Knot

    Sundial

    Flat Topiary

    VERDANT SCULPTURE-XOrnamental Shaping of Trees and Shrubs

    The Traditional Repertoire

    The American Style

    Displaying Green Sculpture

    Selecting Plant Material

    Trading the Chisel for the Shears

    Creating A Sculpture

    Caring for Sculpted Trees and Shrubs

    Projects

    A Seated Teddy Bear

    Alphabet

    Peacock

    Cakestand

    HEDGECRAFT-XBuilding Halls and Walls of Green

    Hedges

    Topiary Maze

    Arches, Tunnels, and Houses

    Plants

    Techniques

    Dressing Up Hedges

    Green Archways

    Architectural Forms

    Preservation and Renovation

    Projects

    Windows

    Garlands

    Initials

    Columns

    Crowns

    Finials

    Birds

    Single Arch

    Single Arch with Double Spire Variation

    Single Arch with Bird or Beast Variation

    Pavilion or Glorieta Variation

    Mazes

    Stilt Hedge Palissades

    SOURCES AND RESOURCES

    Glossary

    Hardiness Zone Map

    Twelve Top Plants for Topiary

    Source Guide

    Gardens to Visit

    Picture Credits

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780894803185
    Author:
    Mead, Kimble Pendleton
    Author:
    Reich, Deborah K.
    Illustrator:
    Mead, Kimble Pendleton
    Author:
    Reich, Deborah
    Publisher:
    Workman Publishing Company
    Location:
    New York :
    Subject:
    Trees
    Subject:
    Gardening and horticulture
    Subject:
    Topiary
    Subject:
    Topiary work
    Subject:
    Gardening-Trees
    Edition Description:
    Trade Paperback
    Publication Date:
    19880101
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Grade Level:
    General/trade
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    illustrations throughout; two-color; 6 x
    Pages:
    256
    Dimensions:
    8 x 8 x .75 in 1.05 lb

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    You don-Yt need a green thumb-Xor even a garden-Xto make whimsical living sculptures and elegant decorative designs out of plants. Using today-Ys topiary techniques, anyone can master projects ranging from a conversation piece to a masterpiece, in sizes to fit living rooms, terraces, small backyards, or rolling estates.

    Indoor Projects

    ,h Fashion a bird from fragrant flowering jasmine for your windowsill

    ,h Sculpt a snowy swan out of Glacier ivy

    ,h Offer your hostess a moss-covered teddy bear with a basket of potpourri

    ,h Festoon potted boxwood trees with tiny mandarin oranges to create a mini Versailles-Xin your living room

    ,h Grow a miniature rosemary tree in the kitchen

    Outdoor Projects

    ,h Savor the fragrance and flavor of an herbal knot garden

    ,h Interlace overhanging branches of yew, hemlock, or cypress to form a tree tunnel.

    ,h Espalier dwarf fruit trees against a wall to make a backyard orchard

    ,h Crown shrubs with clipped shapes of peacocks, rabbits, and bears

    ,h Train ivy over a wire mesh screen to create a shady corner

    "Synopsis" by ,
  • Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club

  • 97,000 copies in print

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