paper, 160 pp., $17.99
A garden art form, topiary has long been popular in many countries. Author Jenny Hendy explores its many styles across the years in this comprehensive work that will inspire gardeners to try their hands at clipping and shaping plants. Heavily illustrated with colorful photographs, the text covers design techniques as well as topiary as green architecture and living sculpture. The chapters on plant selection and maintenance include care of the more complicated designs; these round out the instructional materials. Supplemental text consists of a glossary, gardens to visit, suppliers of plants and equipment, and an index. Those who live in regions of heavy snow and cold should be prepared for potential trouble with their topiaries.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden