Spiral topiary

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Green art

Artists all over the world use plants as a living, growing medium. With the spring season in full fledge, we've rounded up some of the most beautiful and whimsical botanical creations to motivate you to get outside and get creative.

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An octopus stretches its many arms at a garden in Bangkok, Thailand.
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An elephant walks on a misty day in Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi, India.
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Fishing boat

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A figure goes fishing at the Deaf School Park, in the Discovery District of Columbus, Ohio.
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The beautiful formal gardens at Chateau de Villandry in Loire Valley, France, is a popular tourist attraction.
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Tea set, waiter in Dubui

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A waiter waves behind a tea set at a topiary park in Durbui, Belgium.
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Woman in moonlight

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A voluptuous topiary woman poses in the moonlight.
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Cypress topiaries stretch across a walkway in Francisco Alvarado Park, Zarcero, Costa Rica
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A topiary dragon swims in a pond outside the China Pavilion at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
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Dancing woman

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A woman wearing a dress made of plants dances at the San Diego Botanic Garden.
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A colorful dog watches over Bibao, Spain.
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Willow spider

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A willow spider, made by Topiary Art Designs, stands guard in Pakenham, England.
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A robin perches in the gardens of Waddesdon Manor in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England.
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Alligators, created by Topiary Art Designs, loom over a pond in Pakenham, England.
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A dolphin emerges from the flowers near the Small World ride in Disneyland, California.
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Bison lounge near Disney's Wilderness Lodge.
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A giant frog sits among the flowers at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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