The history of the royal Wilanów garden’s restoration.
Marian Boswall talks to Arit Anderson about her approach to design, listening to the land and sustainability.
Langley Horticulture Ltd decides not to continue to hold the Buxus National Collection.
Fredericksburg Castle Gardnes – Parterre de Broderie Photo: Freepenguin – Wikpedia Fredericksburg Castle Gardens, Denmark During the last 5-7 years the plants in the parterre have succumbed to nematodes, which are tiny, but in this case very harmful worms that feed off the roots of the plants. The Agency for Culture and Palaces has over […]
A collaboration between EBTS, the RHS & the County Moth Recorders.
EBTS member Janet Fookes reflects on her committee’s recent report and recommendations.
EBTS UK gets Box Moth Lures that last the whole season sold in the UK so you don’t have to remember to replace them.
On 12th December 2017 EBTS UK wrote an open letter to the National Trust’s Director General about the way it was handling box blight at Ickworth. EBTS UK now replies to the points raised in the NT’s letters of response.
On Friday 2nd March, the RHS revealed it’s rankings for the pests and deseases most affecting UK gardens and no surprise for any box lover – Box Tree Caterpillar was top.
EBTS UK writes an Open Letter to the Director General of the National Trust objecting to their policy of removal of boxwood plants rather than working to support plants affected by blight.
Ignore those that say the only way to resolve the Box Moth/Caterpillar problem is to dig up your plants. Just look at what happens if you spray and feed your plants – much cheaper and easier than digging up and replacing.
Now available to buy online – EBTS France has translated Lynn R Batdorf’s new 4th edition of ‘The Boxwood Manual’, making it the first reference book on boxwood in French.
On returning home from a week away, the EBTS UK Chairman found unwanted guests chomping through his box hedging in both the front and back gardens.
Work Team: Andrew, Lena & Chris The hot weather of the last week or so was breaking and there was the possibility of rain later in the day. So the plan on this visit was to weed and get the second application of Topbuxus Grow applied with the hope that the rain would water it […]
The proposal to apply for National Collection status was presented by Rosie Yeoman on our behalf to the Plant Conservation Committee (PCC) of Plant Heritage and met with overwhelming support. There was plenty of excitement about your work and the timescale for you getting this to the full application stage. Rosie Yeomans, National Collections Coordinator […]
Caroline Foley’s author of ‘Topiary, Knots & Parterres’ by Pimpernel Press in association with EBTS UK will be at Waterstones, Kings Road on June 15th to launch the new book and give a short talk. Why not reserve a ticket to the event and pre-order a copy of the book?
Work Team: Andrew & Lena Just to let you know that I have sent the proposal documents to Plant Heritage for discussion at the Plant Conservation Committee (PCC) at their next meeting on the 13th June. Plant Heritage have already acknowledged receipt , and say they are ‘thrilled’ by the proposal. Rosie Yeomans (Plant Heritage […]
Work Team: Ashley, Lena & Andrew Today we spread a further 60 bags of CARPET around the collection and now only have probably 10-15% of the area left to treat. This remaining area is adjacent to the side of the office/cabin and is in need of a bit more prep to remove weed/bramble growth, and […]
Topbuxus ‘Carpet’ Team: Ashley, Lena & Andrew Topbuxus CARPET applied today; coverage appox 30-40% of total collection at recommended depth of 3cms. (We are asking for guidance re what ‘material’ to use to cover the remainder of the collection. Our preference would be CARPET, to the entire area , including pathways etc, as this would […]
Jermyns House , Hilliers Nurseries Held a meeting, kindly hosted by Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, where the options for regaining National Collection status was discussed along with a longer term strategy. This included the best way to go about potential propagation of specimens, initial discussion about the layout of the collection and how to setup […]
Work Team: Andrew, Lena, Chris We all started by clearing as many of the nettles and other weeds as possible from under the plants. Next Chris applied the Topbuxus Grow at the prescribed rate of 50g per square meter (in this case that works out at roughly one small Marmite jars worth per plant). By […]
Team: Andrew, Lena, Bruce, Chris, Adrie, Wout, Ashley This was the first time Topbuxus had seen the current state of the collection and although the plants are seriously underfed & fighting for space Topbuxus were confident that their regime would work. In fact they were so confident they offered to supply free a years worth of […]
Pimpernel Press will be publishing ‘Topiary, Knots & Parterres’ written by EBTS magazine editor Caroline Foley on June 8th 2017, but EBTS Members can pre-order a copy for collection on 6th May at the AGM.
Hatfield House Old Palace (2007) picture by Starlingjon (Wikimedia) 1922-2016 We learned with great sadness that The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury passed away peacefully on Monday 12th December, aged 94. Regarded as the “high priestess” of historic garden design, she was best known for her restoration of the gardens at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire and her […]
The EBTS was deeply saddened to learn of the death on October 31st of its Founder and first Chairman, Mark Braimbridge at the age of 92. Mark, a leading heart surgeon, one of the pioneers of open heart surgery, turned his attention to helping his wife, Elizabeth, on his retirement and so became involved in horticulture.
This sumptuously illustrated book about the treasures of the Waddesdon Bequest is a breathtaking treasure in itself. The bequest is housed in the British Museum and the book marks its move to a specially created new gallery.
In April EBTS visited some great gardens in Surrey – unfortunately the weather wasn’t brilliant, in fact it was very wet at times. So by special request Topiarius Editor, Caroline Foley and I went to visit Trudie Proctor at The Old Rectory for a second look at the garden.
With the increase in problems caused by Box Moths & their caterpillars here is some hopefully helpful information on how to setup a pheromone trap. The traps catch the adult male moths and give a visible indication of that they are in and around your garden.
EBTS member Simon Rose has been in touch to say anyone in West London with box in their garden should be on the look out for box moth.
The Chiltern Society eNews reports that at the end of March 42 volunteers planted around 2000 small trees made up mainly of box but also holly, juniper, whitebeam and field maple. The work is part of a long term project ‘to increase the continuity of Box woodland in the area close to Ellesborough Warren the largest box woodland in England at 12HA’.
In the March 2016 issue of ‘Gardens Illustrated’ magazine there not one but two EBTS UK members featured.
A new British Museum gallery for the Waddesdon Bequest funded by the Rothschild Foundation – UPDATED 13/01/16
EBTS UK recently received the follow in an email from Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Europe and of the Waddesdon Bequest, The British Museum which will be of interest to anyone who knows about the Waddesdon Bequest.
In July 1977, The Garden, the Journal of the R.H.S., featured an article by Anne Scott-James, A bibliophile’s garden. It describes the garden made by my mother, Rosemary Verey, at Barnsley House
The newly revised Flora of Cuba contains an important and long-awaited section on Buxus. This section, written by the distinguished German expert Egon Köhler, has now been published as an elegant and impressive separate volume
The late-summer trip was carefully designed to include some of the most beautiful gardens in Florence, all incorporating fine examples of box and topiary. As part of the trip EBTS also visited Romiti & Giusti near Lucca, a specialist nursery exporting topiary sculptures all over the world: here you could order any topiary form, from teacup to tennis player.
One might question the hubris of describing one’s own work as a ‘sort of Pevsner for gardens’. Pevsner made it perverse to enter any county without the relevant Buildings of England volume on the passenger seat, next to the Ordnance Survey – a killer app which guided one through each architectural notable.
EBTS UK is helping to fund the production of a book on ‘The History of Topiary, Knots and Parterres’ and it’s being written by our very own Topiarius magazine editor Caroline Foley.
Abbie Zabar, New York artist and topiarist, reveals her secrets growing highly ornamental rooftop containers of boxwood without clipping.
After the sell-out success of the first fundraising concert and supper, the European Boxwood and Topiary Society held another musical evening to raise funds for its innovative ‘Hand, Eye and Heart’ Creative Topiary Design module for British Horticultural Colleges.
The day was organised by the Chiltern Box Woodland Project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and was designed to illustrate how volunteers, woodland owners and organisations have worked with the project to discover a rich Box heritage in the Chilterns that had fallen into obscurity.
Things didn’t bode well for the first garden visit of 2015, a crash on the M1 threatened to make the views of cars on tarmac rather than beautiful gardens and wonderful topiary and after that cleared the weather tried it’s hardest to put a dampener on the day.
A year after it’s hard cutting back to reduce it’s size and improve it’s shape, The Garden House parterre is growing back well as can be seen in the updated photographs Rowena has kindly sent through.
Vaux-le-Vicomte, the scene and the cause of the downfall of Nicolas Fouquet, the colourful and immeasurably rich finance minister to Louis XIV. “At six in the evening, Fouquet was the king of France; at two in the morning he was nobody.” Well, not quite, let’s explore further
The Dordogne has long been a favourite destination for the English – hardly surprising given the beauty of the countryside. It is a land of winding rivers, of castles precipitously perched on outcrops of rock with villages huddled below, woods of oak and chestnut on the hills and, in the valleys, rich planting of walnuts. Add to this a sequence of outstanding gardens and the experience achieves a new dimension.
The Garden Museum in South London, with the help of The Friends of the National Libraries & the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, have purchased a 1664 first edition of Stephen Blake’s ‘The Compleat Gardeners Practice’.
Today wood engraving is flourishing again after a dismal patch in the 1960s and 70s when its simple black and white lines were thought to be dull and outdated. Like their predecessors, the new generation of engravers continue to work on boxwood whenever they could get it but it is in increasingly short supply. Lemonwood is the best substitute and is used by beginners to practise but it is inconsistent.
In the 1700’s there was a flowering of ‘naturalism’, the close following of nature in art and literature – Carl Linnaeus in Sweden, Gilbert White in Hampshire among many others. Duchesses were interested in botany, merchants and aristocrats founded zoos, clergymen recorded natural details of their environments.
It is being reported that the Asian box tree caterpillar Diaphania perspectalis is spreading more rapidly than previously. The RHS is quoted in The Times as having recorded as many incidents this year as all the sightings since 2011 put together. These infestations were in discovered in May this year in Woodford & Loughton in the east of London and also Stoke Poges near Slough.
First my Mum sent me a fuzzy image from her iPad of a dragon sighting in North Norfolk, then Lynda the EBTS Administrator mailed me with a better quality picture asking if I had seen it. Soon it was on the BBC News website and in the Eastern Daily Press, so I felt as I was in North Norfolk I had to track this beast down.
With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 well under way it’s not just the public that are admiring EBTS UK member James Crebbins-Baileys Silver-Gilt Flora winning stand – it’s the stars of The Great British Bake Off, Country File, an Opera Diva, Principal Ballerina with the Royal Ballet and gardening & TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh.
Through out the week volunteers helped complete the garden and and when the results were announced James had another medal to add to his long list – Silver-Gilt Flora.
Congratulations on another outstanding win!
On March 14th 2014 in the BBC Two programme ‘Gardeners World’, Monty Don dealt with box blight at Longmeadow – sadly it was drastic action. If you missed it then click here to watch the item via the BBC website – he also gives advice on what to look for and how to remove affected […]
EBTS UK member Charlotte Molesworth’s unique topiary garden is featured in March’s Period Living. There are some marvellous photos and Charlotte tells about some of her topiary techniques.
Boxwood was a familiar wood in the Classical era of Greece and Rome and is not infrequently mentioned in their literature. It might be of interest to boxwood enthusiasts, as it was to the author,
Boxwood has been known since Classical times and frequently appears in Roman literature. Loudon (1783 – 1843) was a landscape artist and encyclopaedist, writing an ‘Encyclopaedia of Gardening‘ and starting a vogue for ‘Gardenesque’, a style of garden design that had been out of fashion for a century.
The banking Rothschild brothers built mansions for themselves in the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside of 19th century England. Baron Ferdinand Anselm de Rothschild (fig 1) was brought up in Vienna
Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild had an ambition to possess, at Waddesdon Manor, his Buckinghamshire estate, a cabinet of works of art of the highest quality and gradually to eliminate all that was in any respect of the second class. The meticulously carved miniature boxwood artefacts in the Waddesdon Bequest, bequeathed to the British Museum on his death in 1898, are one result of that ambition.
EBTS Member Roger Last released the fruits of many years labour on 4th November with the Countess of Leicester unveiling “Norfolk Gardens & Designed Landscapes” at its launch which was attended by around 200 people. The book was produced by the Norfolk Gardens Trust and was co-written by Patsy Dallas, Tom Williamson & Roger Last.
The restoration of the Earl of Leicester’s garden at Kenilworth Castle gave the team assembled by English Heritage an opportunity to examine our knowledge of what an Elizabethan garden consisted of, and how it actually looked. There have been several Tudor re-creations, perhaps the best being that at Shakespeare’s house in Stratford-on-Avon, masterminded by Ernest […]
Originally compiled by Mark Braimbridge (last addition made February 2014) Please note that the following list is of possible reading material. This does not imply endorsement by the EBTS. International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) and International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSN) are given where known. Adams, Katharina (2004) Buchs Kosmos Garten: Stuttgart ISBN 3440097978 Baker, Margaret […]
Saturday 28th September and Bruce Ginsberg went along to represent EBTS UK on an excellent walk through the Chilterns organised by Sarah Wright of Chilterns Boxwood project. Covering three valleys and going between narrow ravines, the chalk downs are covered in ancient boxwood.
Anyone who attended Art in Action 2011 could not fail to be inspired by the wealth of creativity exhibited at the event. I was privileged to be in the Sculpture section representing the EBTS and duties involved attending lectures and demonstrations given by two of our professional members, Jake Hobson of Niwaki and James Crebbin-Bailey of Topiary Arts.
Longstock Park Water Gardens First stop of the day was Longstock Park Water Gardens, where Head Gardner Rob Ballard gave us some of history of how they were formed. In 1946 John Speden Lewis bought the water gardens and developed them three times their original size adding bridges and promontories. It took 6 years to […]
The effect of prolonged hot weather on Boxwood as recorded by Marc Velleman April 2011 was exceptionally warm with temperatures between 20° and 28°C for at least three weeks. This had a great effect, not only on ourselves, but also on the boxwood plants. In my boxwood collection, which consists of more then 200 varieties, […]
In celebration of 100 years of topiary being exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013, Topiary Arts re-create a 1913 display by the appropriately named Herbert Cutbush, as taken from the 1913 Chelsea Flower Show souvenir brochure, using as many of the original materials and techniques that are available today.
The weather had been awful leading up to the first visit of 2013, spring had been having difficulty breaking through the snow, ice and northerly winds, but finally it had arrived and buds were beginning to appear. The grade II listed Chilworth Manor was our first garden of the day where owner Mia & Graham Wrigley […]
As the Official Registrar for Buxus Cultivars from his base at the U.S National Arboretum, Washington, DC, Lynn Batdorf steadily worked through the increasing numbers of old and new Buxus cultivars which required botanical clarification and descriptive citation before official Registration. These were mostly sent in by boxwood enthusiasts and eagle-eyed nurserymen looking for a new ‘break’ or form. Confused identification of […]
Boxwood has been called the ‘Plant of many surprises’. It is a very plain, quiet shrub with an elusive fragrance and comforting familiarity. It is unsurpassed in its ability to be smoothly topiarised into firm shapes, neat hedges or baroque flourishes, so says one of our most respected EBTS authors. Buxus sempervirens , the common […]
The Story of H Avray Tipping by Helena Gerrish Frances Lincoln – ISBN 978-0-7112-3223-5 Topiarius Volume 16 p54 Henry Avray Tipping was at the forefront of the vanguard elite of country life at its most beguiling. He was the unsung hero of the early C2Oth garden and country house movement, eclipsed by his better known […]
by Jake Hobson Workman Publishing 2012 – ISBN 1604693568 781604693560 Topiarius Volume 16 p52 All over the world, wherever there are garden traditions, different local cultures have developed different traditions of clipping and training plants. Increasingly this previously confined, area-specific local tradition of technique is being shared around the world as part of a more […]
20 of the liveliest gardens selected and explored by Stephen Anderton and photographed by Charles Hawes. Graffeg – ISBN 9781905582204 Topiarius Volume 16 p53 It was when the Stephen Anderton, gardening correspondent to The Times newspaper, saw the Veddw and met the owner Charles Hawes (the award winning photographer much featured in this issue*) that […]
Chenies Manor is a grade 1 listed manor house backed with history and after a delightful tea and biscuits we had an excellent guided to of a house that is steeped in historical moments in Britains royal past.
The Royal Horticultural Society in association with the British Society for Plant Pathology hosted a workshop regarding recent developments in the pests and diseases of Box (Buxus spp). The event entitled ‘What is the current state of play with pests and diseases on Buxus?’