Thanks to a reader in Columbus, OH for sending me a link to topiaries in China, prepared especially for the Olympics. Her comment: "No
matter what one thinks about topiary or the Chinese search for global
validation, the sheer amount of work and care involved in keeping these things
growing is impressive."
True, but these ivy-stuffed wire thingies are nothing like Pearl Fryar’s topiaries, slowly achieved with actual trees.
Update: we’ve discovered some technical difficulties on this site and one reader told us they started when I posted this article with a link to the Chinese topiaries. So I removed it in hopes that the mysterious Chinese link somehow caused our problems and they’re now gone!