In the Garden

The Art of Espalier

A deeper look into Peter Thevenot's artful orchard

October/November 2016

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Espalier is the art of training trees and shrubs to grow in patterns, usually symmetrical, along a flat framework.

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Belgian fence-style of espalier.

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English barrel tunnel-style of espalier.

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Horizontal cordon-style of espalier.

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Peter Thevenot at River Road Farms near Decatur, Tennessee.

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Thevenot tending his trees.

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Espaliered pear trees in training.

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photo: Kathryn McCrary

photo: Kathryn McCrary

photo: Kathryn McCrary

photo: Kathryn McCrary

photo: Kathryn McCrary