With season 4 of the hit series Downton Abbey premiering January 5th, fans continue to tune in to the popular show about an Edwardian-era family & their estate. Filmed at Highclere Castle, a royal estate with a garden that dates to 1218, today the garden retains the aesthetic of its most famous designer—Lancelot Capability Brown, a preeminent British landscape architect who championed rolling meadows and natural overgrowth.
After an anonymous one million dollar donation, the gardens at Lotusland will continue to thrive the way Madame Ganna Walska dreamed when she created this topiary fantasyland, which includes a 25-foot floral clock, on her Santa Barbara, Calif. estate back in 1955.
A Victorian-era menagerie still grows today, at an historic country estate in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. With its century-old living sculptures, Green Animals Garden is the oldest topiary garden in the United States.
Check out these photographs of La Louve, the private garden of Nicole de Vésian in Bonnieux, Provence, France. This influential garden has multiple terraces filled with elegant topiary and sculpted trees.
An exhibit of contemporary topiary pieces is on display at this year's International Horticulture Expo, in Xi’an, China. The menagerie of living sculptures includes the country's national bird, a giant panda, and a cow.