Topiary is a horticultural practice of clipping shrubs, foliage and twigs of trees to form fanciful or geometric shapes. It's an art of creating living sculptures.
Humans have been clipping trees and shrubs into ornamental shapes since at least ancient Rome.
While the groomed plants from millennia ago are no longer around, of course, there are topiary scenes today that date back a few hundred years. For that and more, check out these whimsical gardens in surprising animal shapes.