Central to Italian Garden Design is the art of Topiary. According to Wikipedia the word derives from the Latin word for an ornamental landscape gardener, topiarius, a creator of topia or 'places', a Greek word that Romans also applied to fictive indoor landscapes executed in fresco. It is believed that topriary was introduced to Roman gardens by Gnaius Mattius a citizen of ancient Rome and friend of Julius Caesar.  And according to Smithsonian.com it was probably the slaves from Greece, Syria and Egypt who bought the skill of shaping plants to the Roman gardens in which they worked. And of course the pruning and shaping of shrubs and trees has been practised in China and Japan for a very, very long time. But today its about Italian Gardens especially ones that feature topiary.  

(Ref: ttp://www.travelingintuscany.com/gardens/villalante.htm)

(Photo by Malawianer Hobbyaquaristik)

Sorry about the short Blog today but things to do before we catch our Mindplane to Malta.