My name is James Todman. I have been working in horticulture for over 15 years, and now specialise in topiary and creative clipping.
I particularly enjoy the sculptural aspect of this gardening art form, favouring the organic, free-form or geometrical topiary designs.
Traditional European topiary is a major design influence in my work, combined with the more natural approach of the Japanese pruning.
A lot of my work is clipped by hand using shears and clippers. This allows me to work closer to the plant and help understand the growth habit while developing the shape.
The other benefit of hand clipping is that it’s far kinder to the plant. Sharp blades on shears and clippers create cleaner cuts that heal quicker, reducing the risk of browning and disease.
I am also keen to promote the benefits of clipping for mental health – an important issue for many during these difficult times.
As freelance writer, I am a regular contributor to the annual magazine of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society (Topiarius) I also write articles about topiary and creative clipping for trade publications and specialist magazines.
I am fortunate to have been featured in magazines such as House and Gardens (July/ August 2020) profiling my work as a topiarist.
Most of my work is based near my home in a village on the Gloucestershire/ Worcestershire border. If you would like to know more about what I do then please email at firstname.lastname@example.org