Dobbies Garden Centres' head of horticulture Neil Fishlock said: "We have had a sales increase of 129% in topiary balls and pyramids this year. Sales of topiary shears have also risen by 14%, compared to a year ago."
BBC's Beechgrove Garden presenter Jim McColl said: "Topiary is certainly becoming more fashionable and popular. The beauty is you don't need a private gardener or a huge landscape to enjoy topiary and it's a lot easier than people may think."
Wire frames are now available to allow first-time topiarists to follow simple designs, McColl said. "The wire nets are available from garden centres for people to give it a try — whether it be a rabbit or a swan."
Roger Ward, owner of conifer and hedging specialist Golden Grove Nurseries in Lincolnshire, said he was looking forward to a profitable Glee trade show at Birmingham NEC in the Horticulture Week-backed nursery hall as garden centre buyers further picked up on the trend for 2010.
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