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 […]