Clipped Trees" by Herbert Matthews (c.1898) ends with this
And those persons who cavil at verdant sculpture, such as Messrs. Gilbert and Onslow Ford never dreamt of, should always remember that it is a form of landscape gardening which delighted our ancestors, much as the century-old dwarf trees in flower-pots delight the Japanese at the present day. 1
1 Matthews, Herbert "Curious
Clipped Trees," in Strand magazine (London), c. 1898. Vol.
15, pp. 80-85. The first photo illustrated
article about topiaries. Per The 1911 Encyclopedia, Edward Onslow Ford (1852-1901) was an English sculptor who had studied under the important sculptor, Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934). See also http://www.speel.demon.co.uk/artists2/eoford.htm, accessed 07/12/04.