When I went to White River Gardens on Sunday, I spent some time looking at this knot garden and for a brief, fleeting moment had thoughts of actually attempting something like this in my own garden. Then I read a little sign that said they trim these shrubs every two weeks. I like the look, but I'm not ready to take it on. Seems like it could quickly get out of hand. Not to mention it isn't really the "style" of my gardens, if I have a style.
They have other areas of the garden that look more like this:
A little bit wild and uncontrolled. Sometimes I think my garden looks like this, but not too often. This is actually part of a section of the garden that is more naturalized (obviously). This is a water garden area and behind me was more of a prairie area.
White River Gardens isn't big as far as public gardens grow, but they've managed to fit a lot into it.