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More topiary, from Chris Van Allsburg, author of Jumanji, Polar Express, The Sweetest Fig, and tons more. I think Edward Gorey may have been an inspiration, no?

Edward Gorey topiary. Very cool, slightly sinister. 

See the complete Edward Gorey lineup here.

Grandpa Green: A Life in Topiary.

A boy takes walks through an amazing garden of topiaries, each one illustrating a different chapter of a life. At the end, we meet the garden’s creator, Grandpa Green. He’s getting a bit on in years, but when he forgets the details of his past, the garden is always there to remind him. 

Grandpa Green was named one of the NYTimes Best Illustrated Books of 2011. It’s such a gentle, irony-free book, it’s hard to imagine it’s from the mind of Lane Smith, who produced The Stinky Cheese Man,It’s a Book, and The Happy Hockey Family, to name a few. 

It’s topiary-a-go-go around here today!

What else is so simultaneously fabulous and sinister? Ummm, I can’t think of anything else. Maybe that’s why topiaries are featured in books from Edward Gorey works to Grandpa Green. Hedge mazes are also amazing (The Shining!), but that’s a post for another time. 

Images from here, here, here, here and here

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