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Topiary Questions? -


Table of Contents

How did I get into the topiary business?

What are shrub filled topiaries ?

Which shrubs are good to use?

What are Moss filled topiaries?

Why don't you ship larger sized topiary frames?

Why don't you ship planted topiaries?

What is your policy for Returns, Privacy and Shipping?


How did I get into the topiary business?  

Believe it or not, the question I get asked more than any other is " How did I get into the Topiary business?".
The short answer is, God told me to. If this answer intrigues you read on.

I graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Horticulture in 1988. My plans all along had been to get my degree and then start my own nursery business growing and selling general landscape plants. Unfortunately, in the summer of '88 California was in the middle of the worst drought the state had ever seen. Nurseries were going out of business left and right. Starting a nursery at that time would have resulted in sure failure.  "This situation is hopeless." I thought to myself. " So I did the only thing I could when in the middle of a hopeless situation.  I went to the one who specializes in hope, God. I had prayed for guidance in the past and had always felt not quite sure about what the answer was.  This time was different. The clarity was amazing. After struggling for many months to carve out my own hope, the answer, topiary, came to me. I hadn't even thought about topiary before let alone made any, however, the conviction was undeniable.  "THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL DO" Not "try this" or "lets see if this will work". It was a clear, confident,  conviction, the voice of God.   So I got to the task of making topiaries and I have never looked back. Today, Chris' Topiary Nursery has become a phenomenal success. Oh, maybe not in size or in quantity of items sold, but in the result of confidence in the one who gives hope, God.

"God made me fast, and when I run I feel His pleasure." Chariots of  Fire  

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What are Shrub filled topiaries?

Shrub-filled topiaries are a style of topiary that involves a growing shrub such as boxwood, myrtle, rosemary or other small leafed plants.  The plant grows inside and fills the topiary frame. The shrub is planted in the ground or in a pot with the topiary frame over the top of it. As the plant grows and fills the frame, the plant is trimmed to the shape of the frame. Eventually, the plant grows thick enough to completely hide the frame.


 

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Which shrubs are good to use?

Shrubs that are good for topiary usually have smaller sized leaves and are plants that respond well to pruning by getting thicker the more they are sheared. To view a list of plants that have worked well for Chris' Topiary Nursery see the Plant List page.

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What are moss filled topiaries?

There are actually three different styles of moss-filled topiaries. A brief explanation of each style may be helpful in deciding which style is best for you.
The first, and most simple, is the style of stuffing the topiary frame with moss only and enjoying the figure without any living plant growing on it. The advantage to this style is the lack of maintenance once the figure is stuffed.
The second style of moss filled topiary involves a frame that is stuffed with a mixture of both moss and soil. Small plants are inserted into the frame as it is being stuffed. The advantage of this style is the fact that everything is self-contain with in the figure itself. No pot or other soil is need. This style, however, is the hardest of the three to maintain. It also has the shortest life span due to the decomposing of the moss and soil mixture.
The third style involves a frame that is stuffed with moss in combination with a vine type plant that is growing in a pot or in the ground. The stuffed frame is place in the pot or next to the plant, if it is growing in the ground, and the vine grows over the surface of the stuffed frame. The advantage of this style, over the second style, is a healthier, more sustainable topiary due to the ample amount of soil in which the vine is rooted.
    
Examples of topiary frames that have been stuffed with moss.

Moss-filled Topiaries Plants

Creeping Fig ( Ficus repens ) (USDA Zones 9-11) (indoors anywhere)   Size: 2 - 10 ft.  Growth rate: moderate.
Lighting:  Full sun to shade.  Leaves:  Small bright green. Flowers: insignificant.
Possible Pests:  Aphids - spray Malathion. 
Comments:  Most often used for topiaries frames that are stuffed with moss. Possible choice for shady areas.

Ivy ( Hedera species ) (USDA Zones 5-11)  (indoors anywhere)   Size: 2 - 10 ft.  Growth rate: moderate. 
Lighting:  Full sun to shade. Avoid hot summer sun. Leaves:  Small bright green, glossy.  Flowers: insignificant. 
Possible Pests:  Aphids - spray Malathion.  
Comments:  Most often used for topiaries frames that are stuffed with moss. Possible choice for shady areas.

 

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Why don't you ship larger sized topiary frames?

Larger sized topiary frames are extremely expensive to ship. Normal shipping companies such as UPS, Fed Ex or the US Postal Service do not accept packages larger than 130 inches (measured L+W+H+W+H). Those companies that do accept extra large packages such as ground freight companies can charge as much as  $200 to $600 and even more depending on how far it needs to be shipped.
If these kind of shipping costs are acceptable to you, Chris' Topiary will be glad to ship any larger sized topiary frames.

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Why don't you ship planted topiaries?

Shipping planted topiaries is expensive due to the additional weight of the soil. Also, because shipping can expose the plants to extreme temperatures, the result is often plants that are delivered in less than acceptable health. Planted topiaries also require special permits and inspections in order to cross state or county lines. In order to control the spread of insects and diseases the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires special permits and inspections in order to legally ship living plants across state or county lines. For these reasons, it has been the decision of Chris' Topiary Nursery not to ship plants.

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What is your policy for Returns, Privacy, and Shipping?

Returns: If you are not satisfied with your order you may return it with in 30 days of delivery. 
All items must be in their original condition.
All returns will incur  a 10% restocking fee.
Refunds issued are for product cost only (less 10% restocking fee) .
Refunds WILL NOT  include any costs for shipping and handling.
Return to: Chris' Topiary Nursery 9004 Copley Lane Riverside, CA 92503.

Privacy: All customer information is kept strictly private.

Shipping: All orders are shipped as soon as possible, usually with in the same week of placing your order.
If you would like to check on your order you can call Customer Service at 951 352-3526

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All sizes are approximate.  Larger Frames and Shrub-filled topiaries are available through Local Sales Only.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.  For they shall be like a tree that is planted by the water, that sends out its roots by the stream.
They do not fear when heat comes. Their leaves are always green. They have no worries in a year of drought. For with God's help they always bear fruit.

Chris' Topiary is a Christ centered business where Integrity, Product Quality, and Customer Satisfaction are of the highest importance.