About Me

James Todman

Thank you for visiting my website. My name is James Todman. I have been working in horticulture for over 15 years and now specialise in topiary. I particularly enjoy the sculptural aspect of this gardening art form, favouring the organic, free-form or geometrical topiary designs.

I have an interest in garden history, especially the formal designs of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, and use many of these design influences in my work today, combined with the more natural approach of the Japanese art form, Niwaki.

Much of my work is clipped by hand using shears. Being closer to the topiary helps understand the growth habit to develop the shape and hand clipping is far kinder to the plant.

In addition to my clipping, I provide a consultancy service to advise on common pest and diseases such as box blight, box tree caterpillar or mussel scale

I am a regular contributor to the annual magazine of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society called Topiarius, as well as writing articles about topiary for other trade publications and specialist magazines. I am also fortunate to have been featured in magazines such as House and Gardens (July/ August 2020) profiling my work as a topiarist.

House and Garden Article

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 jamestodman@icloud.com