In this book, author Jake Hobson outlines an approach that is more creative than traditional topiary and positively encourages out-of-the-box thinking. Instead of peacocks and rabbits you will see boxwood shaped to reveal a row of Russian dolls and hedges carved with graffiti. Innovatively photographed works in formal gardens around the world are presented here alongside well illustrated step-by-step projects, encouraging you immediately to pick up some pruners and begin to experiment with this creative, therapeutic form of garden art.
Jake Hobson worked in a traditional Japanese nursery in the outskirts of Osaka, Japan, after completing a degree in Sculpture at London's Slade School of Fine Arts. A keen observer of the artistry of gardens, Jake now runs his own pruning equipment and consultancy business, and experiments with mixing pruning styles from the East and the West. A love of sculpture and nature makes him particularly interested in how we relate to certain landscapes and elements of nature, and how the combination of horticulture, sculpture and nature can be expressed in gardens.