The Most Magnificent
Horticultural Art Through The Years
Distributed by Southern Publishers Group
THIS book certainly has
an evocative subtitle - The Most Magnificent Horticultural Art
Through The Years - but fails to live up to its promise. Certainly,
there are some interesting snippets, notably on American Harvey
Smith Ladew II and his 50-year topiary venture on a Maryland estate.
The flyleaf text hints at how-to with questions like "Do you want
to astound guests at dinner parties with sublime décor?" Don't be
misled. Apart from a few words on topiary tools and a review of
five topiary trees and shrubs - bay, boxwood, holly, lonicera, olive
and yew - there's not much to point you in the right direction.
The price suggests that this book may be headed for the bargain
Gardener, Issue 157, 2004, Page 23
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH