When I saw this topiary garden on gardendesign.com I thought Salvador Dali had been resurrected and was living in Costa Rica. The landscape designer Evangelisto Blanco has been clipping these magical hedges in his own garden in the mountains for over 50 years now, a lifetime's commitment to this difficult form of gardening. I have a personal preference for strong architectural forms in the garden and this magical landscape takes clipped box and privet balls or cones to a whole new level. Blanco also hangs hand written signs in the space with messages like 'perservere and you shall succeed' and 'no one is better than another'. I agree with his sentiments entirely. I was planning a trip to New York next year but now I've seen this... ticket to Costa Rica please!
Images by Jamie Royer, Brian Costales and Matt Griess via Flickr