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After you've warmed up to the topic of living sculpture, these are more detailed, challenging and exciting projects to try on a larger scale in your community.


  • Introduction
  • Shrub topiaries - Ever thought of what you could do with a simple pair of shears and a shrub? Learn the basic pruning techniques needed in creating a piece of topiary art. Although this may take more time, this form of topiary can make a big statement.
  • Sphagnum topiaries - Want to make an outdoor topiary but want quicker results and gratification? Learn how to create an outdoor sphagnum topiary - similar to an indoor topiary, but on a bigger scale and with different materials.

sod sofaTurf & sod

  • Introduction
  • Sod sofa sculpture - Sod sofas, chairs, and chaise lounges are all the rage in both public and private settings. In addition, they are as functional as they are fun. They have a lot of appeal since they can provide a place to hang out and congregate in a public space such as a school garden, community green space or public garden. Click here to learn how to make your own outdoor living room!

apple domeTree sculpture

  • Introduction
  • Living dome - Gather together to create a multi-purpose living dome that will provide a respite from shade and a fun place to hang out! You can use this same approach to create arbors, arches, and tunnels with living materials such as willow and apple.

Mowing & crop artmowing squares

  • Introduction
  • Playing with light - temporary lawn patterns - Learn to use materials such as black plastic on a swath of lawn to reveal a pattern of unusual color and designs.
  • Remarkable patterns in grass - If you’re a sports fan, it’s probably no news that incredible patterns can be made in large areas of grass. Perhaps you have even seen diamonds, checkerboards, waves, and other designs on ball fields. So, wondering how exactly they do that? Here's how it's done.
  • Tapis vert - green carpets - If you’re inspired by the intricate creations of crop art but just don’t have access to the space, consider using a lawn as your “crop”. By employing math and mowing, you can create labyrinths, mazes, and abstract patterns to turn your lawn into a tapis vert or green carpet.

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