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 a serious problem with efficient marketing and choice of specimens. The results of Lynn’s work are some very informative publications on Buxus cultivation and correct identification. This includes the superb illustrated Boxwood Encyclopedia, which references the species, along with many related aspects of interest.
Our own EBTS, formed closely with the American Boxwood Society, has had a long and happy friendship with him, enjoying exchanged visits and lectures. We wish him a fully enjoyable ‘retirement’ with his family, friends and new passions!