About Me

James TodmanThank you for visiting my website. My name is James Todman. I have been working in horticulture for over 10 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 also advise on common diseases like box blight and pest issues such as the box tree caterpillar or mussel scale.

Most of my work is based near my home on the Gloucestershire/ Worcestershire border but I do occasionally travel.

I have an interest in garden history, especially the formal designs of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. During this period parterres, knot gardens, topiary were all important elements of the formal garden design. I use many of these design influences in my work today, combined with the more natural approach of the Japanese art form, Niwaki.

I enjoy clipping by hand using shears. This can take a little longer than a powered hedge trimmer but is far kinder to the plant. Also gives the opportunity to work closer next to the topiary and understand the growth habit for developing the shape. Below are a few of my past and present clipping projects:

Shaping Box Balls

As a member of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society, I contribute to their annual magazine Topiarius, as well as writing articles about topiary for other trade publications and specialist magazines.

I am PA1 and PA6 certified to apply commercial fungicidal treatments. I’m certified with the Environment Agency for the collection and movement of green waste under the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. Registration No. CBDL119481

If you would like to know more about what I do then please call me on 07803 559190 or email jamestodman@icloud.com

2 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Hello James,

    I work at a garden just outside Cardiff. We have a variety of topiary and hedging. Would you consider working in this location?

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