Imagine sitting in your yard, when you see your elderly neighbor outside pruning the large hedge separating your yards. Most people wouldn’t think anything of it, until this specific hedge started to take an unusual shape. Well that’s exactly what happened in the village of Norfolk in England. Gardener John Brooker had a vision for this 100 foot long, 10 foot tall hedge. That vision was turning it into a massive dragon hedge!
Every 2-3 weeks, John Brooker gets out his good old-fashioned hedge clippers and a 6 foot ladder. He’ll spend approximately 2-3 days shaping this massive dragon to ensure it keeps its unique shape.
You may wonder how it all got started. When asked, he said, “I was tired of looking at a straight hedge, to be honest. It was pretty boring after a couple of years. The shape just suggested itself. It was just a completely straight privet hedge to start with. Then I thought I’d carve some arches in the other end, then a head, and it just came from there.”
Now that he has spent so much time on the project, it’s finally paying off. This dragon hedge is now a popular spot for tourists to stop and take their picture. All because he got bored with the straightness of the old hedge.
He also said, “I’m pretty blown away by the fact that so many people have seen it. My grandchildren said, ‘Granddad’s gone viral, that’s pretty cool.’ That’s the sort of reaction I’ve been getting all the time. I’m totally bemused by it. To me, it’s just a job to do in the garden.”
How awesome is John Brooker? Imagine if everyone took this much pride in their yards!
Watch how he does it here:
It’s amazing what people can do with just a simple vision. He saw this hedge shaped like a dragon and really went after it, dedicating the last 10 years to the shape and perfection of this hedge.