The pruning kerfluffle started with a "Plant Life" column I wrote for Pacific Northwest magazine about the concentration of fantastical topiary on Beacon Hill. Joel Lee, art-maven, non-gardener, and blogger at BeHi Bonsai, sees the topiary as cool, neighborhood-centric and a fresh expression of folk art.
Much as I enjoyed the fun Beacon Hill urban safari Joel took me on, and as impressed as I am by his enthusiasm for shrubs sheared into weird shapes, last Sunday I felt the need to run a rebuttal column, quoting Cass Turnbull of PlantAmnesty about her despair over all the shrub shearing going on in Seattle these days.
Joel's response to Cass's words? He threw down the challenge of a slightly incendiery blog post, as well as designing the T-shirt logo above. I love working with such creative people!