On our initial scouting trip to Houston, we got a little lost while driving around looking at neighborhoods downtown. When we eventually found the place we were looking for, and I can only describe the block as "up and coming" or "transitional". You know the type streetscape that I'm referring to: empty lot, crack house, $500k townhouse, quickie-mart type place, run down looking bar-b-que place that might actually serve good food. I'm not a snob, I mean our neighborhood in Chicago is literally at the intersection of ghetto and tony - but I wasn't moving to this particular property. The only worthwhile aspect of the expedition was bumping into Fannin Flowers (4803 Fannin St) on the way there. Driving down the street the following words escaped my mouth, "are those...moss monkey topiaries???" And indeed they were.
Of course, as soon as we moved here I knew we'd be headed back to purchase the primate plant. Ironically, I passed the place a few weeks ago while driving myself to the emergency room :) (I didn't stop then, we went back last weekend)
In addition to monkeys, they have small elephants, giraffes, and bears.
Small, you say? Well, they are small when compared to the topiaries at River Oaks Plant House, whose topiaries are actually visible on Google Earth Street View.
hmmm... I am just not sure.... they are unique though.
Who WOULDN'T want a life sized long horn on their front lawn? Or a peacock? Or a unicorn? Mr. miniature moss monkey is (relatively) tasteful and misting him is kind of like physical therapy for my finger :)