Topiary

02 - 4 - 2013

A recent visit to Wakehurst Place, on an unseasonably mild bright day and the wonderful topiary in the walled gardens caught our eye.

             

Spilling out of the brick-lined main garden and also creating green walled spaces inside, the hedges were at their best in the low winter light.

Topiary has been described as the creation of 'living sculpture' - in fact, one of the top topiary practitioners in the UK, Jake Hobson, is a sculpture graduate from the Slade. Cutting living plants is a refined skill using a variety of hand tools (some of the best are imported from Japan and are beautiful objects in their own right).

It is an art which relies on patience and a steady hand. A little like hairdressing.

Wakehurst Place is the home of the Millennium Seedbank, a globally-important project to research and preserve a diverse array of seeds from across the world with the intention of not only saving wild plant varieties for the future but also with the hope of unlocking some of the many secrets of plants for formulations used in health and well-being. Currently, 10% of the world's wild plant species are held at the site. You can find out more and support the project HERE

www.jakehobson.com

www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst/

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