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The clipping of evergreen plants into ornamental shapes has been known in gardens since Roman times. Pliny the elder in his encyclopedic Naturalis Historia refers to cypresses being ...

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
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14 words

... Practice of trimming densely leaved evergreen shrubs and trees into decorative artificial...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)
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314 words

...Polifili ( 1499 ) of Francesco Colonna depicted elaborate topiary designs both in geometrical shapes and in representational images of humans, animals, and architectural forms. The most elaborate topiary known to have been executed in Italy was in the Orti Oricellari created by Bernardo Rucellai in the late fifteenth century. Among English gardens , the best example of such topiary seems to have been in the Privy Garden at Hampton Court. The topiary described by English writers of the period is chiefly remarkable for the wide range of plants...

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Patrick Taylor

The Oxford Companion to the Garden

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2006

...topiary, has been lost. The fashion for French gardens in the Le Nôtre style spread a taste for topiary into other countries. In the Netherlands it was inventively employed in late 17th-century gardens at places such as Zorgvliet and at Het Loo where the modern restoration shows the structural use of topiary to great effect. In Austria and Germany at the Belvedere , Schönbrunn , Schwetzingen , and Veitshöchheim topiary is seen as an essential ingredient of parterres. In England the engravings in Britannia Illustrata ( 1707 ) show how often topiary...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
391 words

...the shapes of letters, for example so as to spell out the name of the gardener. Interest in ancient Roman gardening (as described by Pliny) led to a revival of topiary in the 15th century, although the complexity of patterns then in use has been adduced as evidence for the lingering influence of a medieval tradition in which plants were trained on frames. During the 16th century the fashion for topiary spread throughout Europe, in part through the influence of the woodcuts that illustrate Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Venice, 1499 ), and in...

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A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
71 words

... Trees/hedges/etc. (usually box, juniper, privet, and yew), shaped into geometrical forms ( pyramids , cubes, etc.) or figures, animals, birds, etc. Known at least as early as Roman times, it was common in the Middle Ages. Good C17 examples can be seen at Het Loo , Netherlands, and Levens Hall, Westmd., and an elaborate C18 scheme existed at Hartwell House, Bucks., shown in paintings (1730s) by Balthasar Nebot ( fl....

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Ian Chilvers

Dictionary Plus Art and Architecture

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
26 words

...topiary The art of clipping and training densely foliaged trees, shrubs, or hedges into ornamental shapes. The practice dates back to ancient Roman times. Ian...

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Carole Ottesen

The Oxford Companion to the Garden

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Current Version:
2006

...of Eden, and a Temple of Venus. The highpoint is the Topiary Sculpture Garden with its unicorn and seahorses of hemlock ( Tsuga canadensis ) and yew ( Taxus spp.). Ladew had once seen a topiary hunting scene on a hedge in England and recreated it in his garden. Today, a fox, followed by hounds, can be seen bounding across a lawn and over a hedge. Ladew Topiary Gardens was opened to the public five years before Ladew's death in 1971 . The Garden Club of America has called it ‘the most outstanding topiary garden in America’. In 1999 , a 2.4-km/1.5-mile nature...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
13 words

... [L16th] Topiary is from French topiaire , from Latin topia opera ‘fancy...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
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... pert. to the trimming of shrubs into ornamental or fantastic shapes. XVI. — F. topiaire — L. topiārius , f. topia fancy or landscape gardening — Gr. tópia , pl. of tópion , dim. of tópos place; see -ARY . Hence sb. ...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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Language reference
Length:
1,323 words

... • beery , bleary, cheery, dearie, dreary, Dun Laoghaire, eerie, eyrie ( US aerie), Kashmiri, leery, peri, praemunire, query, smeary, teary, theory, weary • Deirdre • incendiary • intermediary • subsidiary • auxiliary , ciliary, domiciliary • apiary • topiary • farriery • furriery • justiciary • bestiary , vestiary • breviary • aviary • hosiery • diary , enquiry, expiry, fiery, friary, inquiry, miry, priory, spiry, wiry • podiatry , psychiatry • dowry , floury, flowery, loury, showery, towery • brewery • jewellery ( US jewelry) • ...

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
66 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
114 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
108 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
61 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
63 words
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topiary  

The clipping of evergreen plants into ornamental shapes has been known in gardens since Roman times. Pliny the elder in his encyclopedic Naturalis Historia refers to cypresses being clipped ‘into ...
Ladew Topiary Gardens

Ladew Topiary Gardens  

Monkton, Maryland, USA, were designed and developed by Harvey S. Ladew, a bon vivant and avid fox-hunter. After serving in the First World War, he spent twenty winters fox-hunting in ...
André Vera

André Vera  

(1881–1971), French garden designer whose modernist principles were strongly influenced by the classical French garden.His designs are crisply rectilinear with geometric shapes, much use of simple ...
Parque de Serralves

Parque de Serralves  

Porto, Portugal, a public park with an area of 18 hectares/44 acres laid out in the 1930s by the French modernist landscape architect Jacques Gréber (1882–1962). The cultural centre of ...
Valkenberg

Valkenberg  

Breda, Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands, was the original medieval estate of the earls of Nassau, becoming Orange-Nassau through inheritance of the principality of Orange in 1544. This is the estate ...

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