Pistoia is renowned for its beautiful mountains, authentic traditional cuisine, historic cities, nursery industry and fascinating topiary art: the art of clipping shrubs or trees into sculptures and ornamental shapes. The origin of the word stems from the Greek topia, meaning “string to tie plants.”
Topiary art dates to the Middle Ages when pyramid shapes and whimsical mazes were built to adorn villas, though topiary techniques were often less sophisticated than those of today.
Today, the wireframe structures for growing plants has improved significantly, offering numerous topiary options for contemporary gardens: cars, buildings, dinosaurs and everyday objects are shaped out of trees and shrubs to form green sculptures of every size.
Check out the blog, The Craftsmanship of Topiary in Tuscany, by Annette.