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Gardener tames his wild garden by turning his 12ft hedge into a herd of elephants

 

2009-07-01

By Daily Mail Reporter

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/gardening/article-1196797/Homeowner-sick-view-wild-hedge-snips-herd-elephants.html#ixzz0LAAWLbMD&C

 

Herd the one about the elephants? Gavin Hogg lovingly crafts his hedge

 

Hedge herd: The topiary family of elephants has been fashioned out of an unruly hedge

 

Mind the ears: Gavin Hogg puts the finishing touches to his topiary elephants

 

A homeowner concerned that his garden was becoming a jungle - has transformed it into a herd of elephants.

Green-fingered Gavin Hogg fell in love with the wildlife during a safari in Kenya .

So much so, that when he returned to Britain , he found an inspired way to recreate a little bit of Africa in his back garden.

The 49-year-old painstakingly carved out a herd of elephants from an overgrown hedgerow.

He spent two days crafting the seven adults and three babies with a trimmer, shears - and a pair of scissors for the fiddly bits.

The result is a striking 100ft-long trail of green elephants that stretches around the corner of his family home outside Brecon in Mid Wales.

Mr Hogg said: 'It was just a normal, fairly boring box hedge when I started. I found a picture of a group of elephants and set about shaping it. Time seemed to disappear while I was working on it.

'I was able to create the appearance of folds in the skin and shadow lines for shoulder blades and hips.

'I also clipped an eye in some of the adult elephants to give it greater authenticity. It was a lot of work and the ears and trunks were a bit tricky but I am pleased with the end result.'

Father-of-two Mr Hogg and his wife Vina, who visited the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya , farm organic vegetables at their 17th century home.

He added: 'It's great to see our own herd of elephants every time we look out of the window, even if they are green. They will need a haircut twice a year to smarten them up. But they will be a permanent feature.'

The topiary elephants are cut out of a hedge of common box (Buxus sempervirens) which was planted about 200 years ago.

 

 

 

英國神奇剪刀手

2009-07-03

http://www.gcpnews.com/zh-tw/articles/2009-07-03/C1422_40615.html

 

 

據英國《每日郵報》72日報道,英國一名屋主日前把自家後花園精心打造成壯觀的非洲動物園,引來嘖嘖讚歎。

這位現年49歲的霍格先生(Gavin Hogg)自從參觀了非洲肯尼亞野生動物園堛滌坁垠怴A就下定決心把自家花園堨耵纗L快的灌木叢修剪成一群大象,他共花了兩天時間用剪刀和小型除草機制作出七隻成人象和三隻小嬰兒象。

霍格先生指着群象說,剛開始他們只是一些像方塊一樣乏味的草叢堆,當我參觀完肯尼亞野生動物園,并從園堛漱j象取得靈感,回到英國便決定動手將自家後花園打造成非洲動物園。當我開始工作時,時間
彷彿消失了。

他補充道。我雕刻出了大象皺褶的皮膚還有肩胛骨和臀部的陰影線,但是眼睛和耳朵部分的雕刻卻讓我感到相當棘手。欣慰的是,最終我克服了這些困難呈現出了令人滿意的結果。

這位已經是兩個孩子父親的霍格先生和他的妻子維納瑪(Vina)現在很高興每天打開窗戶就能看見綠色群象,盡管每年需要修剪兩次,但他們樂此不疲。

目前這一壯觀景象吸引了大量鄰居和遊客的參觀。
 

 

 

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