Artistic Skill & the Love that Inspires It

28 08 2008

When we go to great lengths to nurture, shape, fashion and protect what Nature so purely gives to us, just the sight of it can evoke an emotional response.

Yesterday one of our team members was fortunate enough to visit Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland. Established by award-winning topiary artist Harvey Ladew in the late 1930s, Ladew is said to be one of the greatest gardens in the world, and certainly the finest topiary garden in America. Defined, “topiary is the art of clipping trees or shrubs into ornamental shapes.” The mystique of this art form, however, goes well beyond this definition.

The Hunt at Ladew Topiary Gardens

The Hunt at Ladew Topiary Gardens

Ladew’s most acclaimed topiary is a hunt scene with horses, riders, dogs, and of course the scared, furry fox. The Hunt is the most famous single piece of classical topiary in North America. The artistic skill and love of the art that is evident in this piece is awe-inspiring and truly moves people.

Montado Cork Forest at Sundown

Montado Cork Forest at Sundown

You’ll see this same artistic skill and the love that inspires it in the faces of the cork harvesters set for work in the pristine Montados of the Mediterranean, as they have done for generations. You’ll see this too in the technical skill and dedication of the R&D teams at Amorim, crafting and shaping Wicanders Cork Oak Floors with ultimate precision, to ensure the conscientious use of natural resources as the basis for Sustainable Development. Each innovation, like the one before it, adds value to what Nature has provided. Nature and Man working together in perfect harmony. To us, that’s inspirational.

Team Wicanders

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