A retired man from the UK, John Brooker, spent 10-years trimming a 150-foot-long hedge into the shape of a giant dragon because he was “tired of looking at a straight hedge,” and adds that “it was pretty boring after a couple of years, and I thought, I’d cut the top into some arches, and then I thought, what am I going to do at the end? Gotta have a head on it. And then I thought, it’s going to be a dragon.” Continue reading for a video and more information.
According to Bored Panda, “Topiary art, or the art of trimming and growing hedges into beautiful designs, is a fairly ancient and wonderful craft that is perfect for anyone with green thumbs, which Brooker definitely has two of. The art probably originated in ancient Egypt and Persia, later spreading to Rome as well. The craft also evolved in Japan and China, although there it is practiced differently. After a temporary decline, its popularity seems to have returned, whether it’s in the form of traditional box hedges or Japanese Zen gardens.”