United States of America, Connecticut, Fairfield County, Greenwich
Topiary Fancies (Greenwich, Connecticut)
An imaginative garden of whimsical topiaries, this two-thirds-acre site combines both traditional and modern elements of design, as does the house it surrounds--a converted barn originally built in the early 1900s but renovated and expanded over the years. The plant material for the topiaries is also both traditional--boxwood--and innovative--a weeping willow. The materials used for the topiaries are always specific to the topiary, such as Carex used for the lions' manes. Each topiary has a unique personality and close scrutiny reveals amazing detail. Jumbo, added in August 2006, sports a howdah and delights his admirers by squirting water into a nearby wading pool. Complementing the topiaries are a variety of trees and shrubs, such as a royal palm near Jumbo. This is a garden that is unique and inventive.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include Laura Kaehler (architect, 1995-2002); Antonia Avalos (gardener, 2000 to date); Larry Labriola (landscape contractor, 2001-2002); Diane Devore (landscape architect, 2001-2002); Kate Reid (landscape designer, 2003); Steve Manning (topiary contractor, 2002); Matthew Larkin (topiary contractor, 2001 to date); Labriola Nursery & Landscaping (landscape contractors, 2001-2002); Kate Reid Landscape Design, Inc. (landscape designers, 2003); Topiary Art Designs (topiary contractors, 2002); and Black Barn Farm Topiary (topiary contractors, 2001 to date).
The folder includes worksheets, garden and site plans, detailed information about the content of the slides (including plant names), and other information.