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Ultimate Topiaries
The Most Magnificent
Horticultural Art Through The Years

Elizabeth Buckley
Courage Books
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 bin.

Weekend Gardener, Issue 157, 2004, Page 23

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