EBTS Germany Secretary - Wolfgang Riede
enjoys increasing popularity in most German gardens and is mostly
used in shaping those pretty small front gardens left to nowadays modern
buildings. Lovely, old-fashioned examples of "parterres" are found in many
cottage gardens all over the country. On a smaller scale in the south (Bavaria,
alpine and pre-alpine regions) and with the farm houses being much larger (and
richer). However in the north some farmhouse (cottage garden) box parterres have
almost "gentry like" dimensions.
There is almost no Topiary on a larger scale like in England (with Yew e.g) to be found in private German gardens. There is no tradition existing. An exception are a few almost stately large farmhouses with Topiary Yew (and Box) Gardens near and around Cloppenburg in Northwest Germany. Otherwise Topiary on a grander scale is only found (though not often) in some Baroque gardens of one of our "Schlösser", castles. Usually old, large clipped Yew hedges.
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