horn·​beam | \ˈhȯrn-ˌbēm \

Definition of hornbeam 

: any of a genus (Carpinus) of trees of the birch family having smooth gray bark and hard white wood

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Photo: courtesy of Longleat Hedge Maze Il Labirinto D'Amore, Stra, Italy In the 18th century, the Doge of Venice, Alvise Pisani, commissioned architects to design a maze of hornbeam hedges in his villa's extensive gardens just outside of Venice. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Magnificent Manmade Mazes," 30 Sep. 2010 Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images The Flowers The flowers on display in St. George's Chapel featured plants like beech, birch, and hornbeam among white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Honored Princess Diana in the Sweetest Ways," 19 May 2018 Among the seasonal branches of beech, birch and hornbeam – along with plenty of Meghan’s favorite peonies – it was also revealed that the florist would be incorporating white garden roses into the floral displays, which were Diana’s favorite flower. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Paying Tribute to Princess Diana on Their Wedding Day," 8 May 2018 Craddock is using branches of beech, birch and hornbeam to complete her wedding look. Aj Willingham, Cnn Design: Megan Pendergrass, CNN, "How to throw one helluva (proper) Royal Wedding party," 2 May 2018 Her team plans to use white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, as well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the floral displays, which will be distributed to local charities after the wedding. Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Royal wedding 2018: What we know so far," 4 Apr. 2018 Flowers and plants such as beech, birch and hornbeam, peonies, foxgloves and white garden roses are expected to be used in the arrangements. Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry reveal florist for royal wedding," 1 Apr. 2018 Craddock's team plans to use white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, as well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the chapel's floral displays. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "Harry and Meghan's royal wedding florist opts for white roses and peonies," 1 Apr. 2018 And when possible, Craddock will also be using flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, which will include branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Harry and Meghan Just Revealed Their Wedding Flowers — and Their Sweet Plan to Help the Bees!," 31 Mar. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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