Origin of topiary
- Latin topiārius from topia ornamental gardening from Greek topia pl. of topion field diminutive of topos place
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin topiarius (“of or relating to ornamental gardening; an ornamental garden, an ornamental gardener"), from Ancient Greek Ï„ÏŒÏ€Î¹Î± (topia, “artistic representation in which natural or artificial features of a place are used as the medium"), from Ï„ÏŒÏ€Î¿Ï‚ (topos, “place"). The adjective use dates to 1592, the noun use dates to 1908.