The Complete Book of Topiary

Barbara Gallup, Author, Deborah Reich, Author, Kimble Pendleton Mead, Illustrator Workman Publishing $14.95 (318p) ISBN 978-0-89480-318-5
People attracted to the craft of changing plants into fanciful shapes should welcome this book by Gallup, owner of a company specializing in ""Totally Topiary,'' and horticulturist Reich, who has worked at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York World Trade Center. An intriguing history of topiary sculpture precedes chapters with detailed directions on producing effects like the examples shown in numerous drawings. These are birds, beasts, stars, the moon, etc., coaxed from trees, hedges and vines. Some are a bit tweechairs and tables, a whole faux garden of ivybut there is enough variety to suit more modest tastes. Espaliered fruit trees, a maze and a knot garden are among the features illustrated in chapters that close with a glossary, a list of supply sources and other particulars. (February)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
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