Printer & Piemaker's Topiary Identification

Printer & Piemaker's Topiary Identification

Gregory Han
Jul 28, 2008

Pruning and shaping shrubs and trees into geometric, abstract and animal shapes was a popular landscaping technique in LA that lost favour somewhere in the 1980's when more naturalistic shapes became chic. In Southern California, topiary was especially evident thanks to the Japanese-American gardeners who pruned and shaped front yard trees into a menagerie of shapes that complimented many midcentury style dwellings throughout the 60-70's and are still alive and well in many neighborhoods like Northridge, West LA, and Torrance...

Blogger Printer & Piemaker revisits the retro-landscaping technique that is apparently alive and well even up north in California with a series of excellent photo examples of topiary that takes us back to our suburban past, with this amusing/helpful visual identification chart shown above to help you name shrubbery around the block. We're now motivated to take some photos around our own neighborhood and see if we can contribute a Silver Lake edition.

[images: Printer & Piemaker]

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