The green sculptures of Pistoia

Pistoia is well known for its mountains, the authenticity of its traditional cuisine, its historic cities, the nursery industry but also for its fascinating topiary. The Topiary art is the art of creating sculptures using living trees and shrubs. Photos by: Flavia Cori, Tuscany Social Media Team
Topiary in Pistoia 
Topiary in Pistoia 
I visited recently a historic farm in Pistoia (Romiti e Giusti) where I had the opportunity to see  how it is possible to create fanciful sculptures pruning, shaping and growing plants using a metal stand structure. Topiary is the art of sculpting living trees and shrubs.  I recently visited a historic farm in Pistoia (Romiti e Giusti) and had the opportunity to see firsthand how it is possible to create these fanciful sculptures by pruning, shaping and growing plants around a wireframe structure.
Original solutions for contemporary gardens
Original solutions for contemporary gardens
Topiary dates back to the Middle Ages when pyramid shapes and fanciful mazes would often be created to adorn villas using techniques less sophisticated than those used today’s. The origin of the word "Topiary" comes from the Greek word "topia" meaning string to tie plants.
Topiary art
Topiary art
Today the wireframe structures over which the plants are grown has been improved to offer numerous solutions for contemporary gardens: cars, buildings, dinosaurs and everyday objects can be represented by small and large green sculptures alike.
Green sculptures
Green sculptures
See also: The Craftmanship of Topiary in Tuscany, by Annette (Pay your Tuscany blog tour)