I was going to hold off showing you the amazing topiary I discovered at the San Diego Botanic Garden, but when I saw that the WordPress weekly photo challenge is “unique”, I figured these photos would be perfect. I had never seen anything like it anywhere else, so to me, these are very unique indeed.

First let me say I’ve seen lots of topiary and I always admire the art of being able to create shapes out of trees. In a way, what the San Diego Botanic Garden has done is a little different, as you’ll see below. The most amazing thing about these plant “sculptures” is that you could literally walk right past them and not notice them – they blend in with their surroundings very well. In fact, I walked past the first one, saw the second, then walked back to the first one to take pictures from the beginning. Most people didn’t notice most of them either until they saw me taking pictures of them.

I took these first few photos in the Mexican Garden area of the San Diego Botanic Garden. The light was very bright and most of the garden was in the shade, so it was tricky to take photos, with such contrast on most pictures. And I didn’t use a flash either. I need to plan half a day to go up there by myself and spend the time to take the right pictures, the right way, at the right time.

I invite you to click on some of these photos to see all the details of each topiary in a larger format.

This is the first topiary you see as you enter the Mexican Garden, that is if you don’t walk right by it as I did.

Unique topiary at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Unique topiary at the San Diego Botanic Garden

The second topiary is just as pretty. You can see each plant is exactly where it’s supposed to be.

Mexican lady topiary at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Mexican lady topiary at the San Diego Botanic Garden

The next two topiary items are opposite of each other. It’s a couple dancing to the music of a mariachi band.

Dancing couple topiary at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Dancing couple topiary at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Check out the musicians’ mustaches!

Mariachi band topiary - San Diego Botanic Garden

Mariachi band topiary – San Diego Botanic Garden

I’m not sure what this topiary is supposed to be. A gardener? You tell me what you think it is.

Gardener topiary - San Diego Botanic Garden

Gardener topiary – San Diego Botanic Garden

The next topiary is a man sitting down and looking at something in his hand.

Man admiring nature topiary

Man admiring nature topiary

This is what he’s looking at: a butterfly (made with a plant, of course). Nice!

Topiary of a man looking at a butterfly

Topiary of a man looking at a butterfly

These last few photos are from topiary art I found in the children’s garden of the San Diego Botanic Garden.

This one is technically not a topiary but rather a sculpture made out of planting pots… Pretty neat, huh?

Sculpture out of planting pots

Sculpture out of planting pots

The next one is a poor rhinoceros topiary that has a shedding problem. It looks quite naked in some areas.

Rhinoceros topiary

Rhinoceros topiary

The last one is a reading rabbit, perfect addition to a children’s garden.

Reading rabbit topiary - San Diego Botanic Garden

Reading rabbit topiary – San Diego Botanic Garden

I hope you enjoyed these photos of unique topiary. Thanks for stopping by!

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

27 responses »

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Definitely unique! But they’d be a little creepy in the dark. 😉

  2. […] of all, if you’d like to see some amazing topiary art, hop over to my photography blog. I’m displaying the great topiary I recently spotted at the San Diego Botanic Garden for the […]

  3. Madhu says:

    Perfect for the challenge 🙂

  4. Hi Milka,
    Your talent is truly amazing!
    I love the reading rabbit the best! Don’t get me wrong, all the photos you took are fabulous!
    Tracy

  5. robincoyle says:

    Amazing. I wonder how long it took to grow them.

  6. Peter S says:

    I’d have to say that the Rhino would be my favorite, looks very natural!

  7. nrhatch says:

    I just posted a photo of a statue made out of clay pots this week!
    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/get-off-the-nail/

    The topiary are wonderful.

    • mpejovic says:

      I’m so glad I spotted the topiary. I’ve been at the San Diego Botanic Garden several times and never saw them before. I have an annual pass now, with many opportunities to go back for more.
      I’ll hop over to your blog to check your latest posts. This week has been very unproductive for me when it comes to commenting. 😦

  8. kz says:

    these are amazing.wow

  9. How absolutely delightful these are. My favorite? The dancing couple 🙂

  10. Sheila says:

    Wow – I’ve never seen anything like those either! I love all the detail and how they’re made up of different plants. I can see how you’d walk by thinking they could be regular people unless you were looking right at them. Nice to see so much green too!

    • mpejovic says:

      I actually walked by the first few thinking they were trees or large plants. They’re pretty tall (over 6 foot tall each) so you’d definitely would not confuse them with people, but they really blend in with their surroundings. And yes, I love the detail and the selection of plants for each part of the topiary/sculpture to make it as realistic as possible. I’m glad so many people enjoyed these amazing works of art. It sounds like they are indeed very unique.

  11. […] San Diego is home to hundreds, probably thousands of different species of animals and plants. It’s also home to the most amazing topiary I’ve ever seen (view more topiary at the San Diego Botanic Garden here). […]

  12. […] There’s plenty of green at the San Diego Botanic Garden, including on this beautiful topiary of a dancing couple. You can see more amazing topiary in this post. […]

  13. EVERYONE should see these topiaries! z

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