Topiary Gardens in Rome

Durin the 1st Century, in Rome, Topiary Gardens began appearing. According to Pliny the Elder (historian and scientist) a Topiary Garden (known in latin as Romora Tonsilis) is the Art of Shaping Shrubs and/or Hedges. Caius Martius is credited with inventing this art form and started with trimming Cypress Trees.

      70 CE
      Pliny the Elder
      Historian and Scientist
      Rome, Italy

Additional Information:

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