Created By: NoirGrimoir on January 11, 2012 Last Edited By: NoirGrimoir on September 4, 2014

Topiary Zoo

Ornamental gardens with the bushes in the shapes of animals.

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Topiary Elephants. Just as good as real elephants.

Ornamental gardens with bushes trimmed and grown into the shapes of animals. Usually lends a sense of quirkiness to what would otherwise be a rich person's stuffy garden. The possibility of the animals coming the life by magic seems to be common. May be accompanied by a Hedge Maze.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Black Butler, insofar as being cut into whimsical shapes. They're skulls.

Film

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons has monsters called Topiary Guardians, basically animated hedges in the shapes of whatever animal you want to use (including a leopard, a warthog and a triceratops).

Video Games
  • The Sims had several ornamental bushes you could buy, including one shaped like a llama. In The Sims 3, you can trim your own bushes into several shapes, including animals.

Western Animation
  • There was one episode of the old My Little Pony that involved a hedge maze with topiary animals that came to life and went after the characters when they triggered some kind of trap.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 11, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
  • January 11, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    ...can we call this the Grass Menagerie? Pleeeeaaaase?
  • January 11, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    Er, why? There's no grass involved, it would would be incorrect.
  • January 11, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    Well, for the pun, obviously.

    I suppose the jump from 'hedge' to 'landscaping plants' to 'grass' is a bit unintuitive, though.
  • January 11, 2012
    SKJAM
    In at least one version of The Shining, the haunted hotel has one of these...and the animals move.
  • January 11, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    Meet The Robinsons has them.

    So does Black Butler, insofar as being cut into whimsical shapes. They're skulls.
  • January 12, 2012
    Chabal2
    Dungeons And Dragons has monsters called Topiary Guardians, basically animated hedges in the shapes of whatever animal you want to use (including a leopard, a warthog and a triceratops).
  • January 13, 2012
    Duncan
    The Sims had several ornamental bushes you could buy, including one shaped like a llama. In The Sims 3, you can trim your own bushes into several shapes, including animals.
  • January 14, 2012
    SWRose
    I don't remember which, but there was one episode of the old My Little Pony that involved a hedge maze with topiary animals that came to life and went after the characters when they triggered some kind of trap.
  • January 27, 2012
    TBeholder
    didn't Stephen King have it in some book? The Shining, IIRC?
  • January 27, 2012
    TonyG
    In Pocahontas, Wiggins, the foppish valet to Governor Radcliffe, is seen making topiaries in the wilds of Virginia.
  • January 28, 2012
    CaveCat
    • An episode of Wonder Pets had the titular pets travel to England, where they saved a baby hedgehog from one of these that was in the shape of a lion. In the end, after they've saved the hedgehog, they get their likenesses cut out among all of the other hedge sculptures.
  • January 28, 2012
    navigatr85
    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, by Chris Van Allsburg. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Garden_of_Abdul_Gasazi
  • January 28, 2012
    JonnyB
    Real Life: The topiary around the Small World ride at Disneyland depicts animals and Disney characters.
  • January 29, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Weaponized in a downloadable content of The Battle For Wesnoth: the "plant elementals" is a living topiary Tiger.
  • August 20, 2014
    TrustBen
    ^6 Danny Torrance was menaced by moving topiary animals in The Shining. Stanley Kubrick dropped them for the movie, although he did keep the Hedge Maze.
  • August 20, 2014
    gallium
    ^ The topiary was included in the terrible King-approved TV adaptation of The Shining that aired in The Nineties. But that example should still be moved to Literature.
  • September 4, 2014
    jormis29

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