How did I get into the topiary business?What are Moss filled topiaries?Why don't you ship planted topiaries?
Believe it or not, the question I get asked more than
any other is " How did I get into the Topiary business?".
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
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.
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.
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
Moss-filled Topiaries Plants
( Ficus repens ) (USDA Zones 9-11) (indoors anywhere) Size: 2 - 10 ft.
Growth rate: moderate.
( Hedera species ) (USDA Zones 5-11) (indoors anywhere) Size: 2 - 10
ft. Growth rate: moderate.
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
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.
Returns: If you are not satisfied with your order you may return
it with in 30 days of delivery.
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.
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.
Chris' Topiary is a Christ centered business where Integrity, Product Quality, and Customer Satisfaction are of the highest importance.