Welcome to World Topiary Day

New for 2021 - Wednesday 12 May

World Topiary Day not only celebrates the world’s oldest topiary garden - established from 1694 here at Levens Hall and Gardens in Cumbria, and a Guinness World Record holder - but also seeks to spread the love of the fantastic art of topiary.

Topiary is the shaping and cutting of small-leaved trees and bushes into geometric shapes and forms which resemble common objects and people. It has absorbed gardeners for centuries and is enjoying a resurgence, with celebrities and influencers often sharing their love of this gardening art form and means of creative expression.

World Topiary Day celebrates both public and privately-owned topiary, whilst inspiring keen gardeners and lovers of al fresco living to adopt topiary’s style and structure within their own private gardens.  It fittingly focuses on the tranquillity and mindfulness a topiary garden provides, through structure and form, shapes and creativity, in a world packed with stresses and uncertainties.

Why 12th May?
Topiary in Context
Celebrate with us
Levens Kitchen
Levens Kitchen

What's Happening

We've got plenty planned to help celebrate World Topiary Day.  

Head Gardener of thirty years, Chris Crowder, will be "Talking Topiary" with tours throughout the day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  You'll be able to enjoy a potted history of the gardens at Levens Hall, learn about the art of clipping topiary and how the pieces here got the names.

We've also got some fun quizzes for children (although we suspect that they'll appeal to adults too!), and you'll find some topiary-themed food treats in Levens Kitchen. 

Our shop is packed with all sorts of topiary-inspired gifts and, of course, our delicious Morocco Ale and Clipped Bush beers.