I came across this lovely little property, thoughtfully landscaped in Thornbury, Ontario during a recent Thanksgiving visit to the Beaver Valley. Their long driveway had a lush Beech Espalier lining the entire stretch (so much better than a fence). Espaliers of various fruit trees or ornamental shrubs were quite popular in Europe up until the early 1800’s and then tapered off. Perhaps a resurgence is underway, although they do require patience which is not so prevalent in our modern world. However, the popularity of vineyards may be just the thing to provide the inspiration needed.
Applause to the soul who patiently trained these Beech trees to grow flat against a framework of stakes. I had never seen Beeches in this context before – quite successful. Looks like it was wired for night lighting as well… hmm? None the less, kudos to this Canadian for bringing some European landscaping imagination into play.