Thursday, February 07, 2008

Toparian worked on a grand scale

Charles Coburn, a horticulturist and topiarian who practiced on a grand scale, first as the overseer of the San Diego Zoo's plant collection then as co-creator of massive shrub-based sculptures that playfully decorate Legoland, Disney theme parks and other destinations around the world, has died. He was 62. Above is shown one of his creations.

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