A dragon in his garden

John Brooker, 75, has spent 10 years sculpting the hedgerow outside his cottage in Norfolk, England, into a huge, 100 ft. long, magnificent dragon, complete with six legs, wings, and pointed teeth.

dragon hedge1Chris Parsons reports for Yahoo News, May 22, 2014, that Brooker spends hours trimming the 20ft high hedge to keep it in shape, and has added extra details like flared nostrils over the years.

dragon hedge2dragon hedge3John Brooker looks like a Middle-earth wizard, doesn’t he? LOL

The enormous dragon runs along the side of his garden and often surprises people trekking along the nearby footpath.

Paul Bevvings, who walked past Brooker’s cottage, said: “A dragon was the last thing I expected to spot in the Norfolk countryside. I got quite a shock when I looked over the fence and came face to face with it.”

dragon hedge4All photos by Rex features.

I want one!

H/t TheOneRing

~Eowyn

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surfercajun
surfercajun
6 years ago

John Brooker looks like a Middle-earth wizard, doesn’t he? ….nice!

Sig94
6 years ago

I wonder if he ever got his beard tangled up in the clippers? Next year, a Balrog by the birdbath!

josephbc69
6 years ago

A true horticultural manicurist!

Tricia Hammen
6 years ago

Very beautiful. Good way to pass time!

wayne bean
wayne bean
6 years ago

that is excellent 🙂

lizzieclugston
lizzieclugston
6 years ago

Absolutely awesome. It must be unique? Does John give lessons in how to create something as wonderful as this? Big thumbs up to him I wonder if the RHS have seen this?

Carol
Carol
6 years ago

How about some red streamers fluttering from its nostrils…LOL
It really is a work of art – just wish I had a big enough hedge..and TEN YEARS…..;>>))

josephbc69
6 years ago
Reply to  Carol

Think of it the same as bonsai, but on a grander scale: slow sculpture….

sue
sue
6 years ago

beautiful art work

LB
LB
6 years ago

I love dragons. That is the coolest thing I ever saw!

Donna
Donna
6 years ago

What kind of hedge is it? (what genus/species)

Tam
Tam
6 years ago

What type of tree or bush is used for sculpting?

josephbc69
6 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

As a basic rule, only small-leaved plants are suitable for such severe pruning; classic such plants are English, Korean, and Japanese boxwoods, which are all broad-leaved evergreens. In conifers the choice is also limited: hemlock and yews are pretty well all of the best. Period. The plant should also have the ability to sprout from dormant or adventitious buds along its stems, which is NOT a common trait in plants, thus the limited range of species suitable for such severe techniques. If this is part of a native English hedgerow, then it can be one of several plants, however, to… Read more »

CalGirl
CalGirl
6 years ago
Reply to  josephbc69

Boxwood takes so LONG —years and years…..to mature & flourish to even 3-foot high in that climate….are youu SURE Jospeph? (Maybe the boxwood had already been there for 200 years?…..it’s England…after all ) What about the pedestrian privot? On the USA East coast, I rooted them w/clippings shoved into UN-prepared/un-ammended ground & covered w/ mayonnaise jars in early spring to root right there in the ground.Within 2 years…I had a 2-foot high hedge….after that, whatever I allowed it to grow to….When I wanted it to be thicker, I just trimmed height. Then, when thick enough, I allowed it top go… Read more »

josephbc69
6 years ago
Reply to  CalGirl

CalGirl, you were a good gardener in the USA’s East Coast, which has quite a few areas w/similar weather to that in the UK. Most of the UK has higher precipitation than US West or East coastal weather, but the temperature range is similar, perhaps somewhat milder, w/a longer growing season for cool weather plants.

It is difficult for me to make out by the texture what plant thisis, but it’s coarse enough that it cannot be boxwood. It’s most likely a native plant that’s had its foliage dwarfed by decades of intensive care.

joandarc
joandarc
6 years ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this extraordinary post. This man is such an incredible artist! How inspiring!

Barb Hanington
Barb Hanington
6 years ago

I hope he continues for as long as possible, while teaching a young person his wonderous ways. Much LoVe to him.

Loraine Bond
6 years ago

Brilliant so nice to see such endearing workmanship, just think of all the effort and loveing hours he has put into his work of art,, so well done he must be so proud xxx

TrailDust
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TrailDust
6 years ago

Wow! That is just TOO COOL!!! 😀

I want one!!!

Susan
6 years ago

Magnificent, this is the living art!

Nina de Lisser
Nina de Lisser
6 years ago

What a truly amazing visual concept Mr. Brooker has. Does anyone know if he has done others? I have seen this type of Living Art~but never to this scale and perfectly portioned .. What a talent and gift Mr Brooker has. I am left humbled.

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