New for members Vol.26
You might not associate the great Canadian outback with elegant topiary gardens, but this year Topiarius has discovered some that still echo the Jardin la française introduced by the 18th century French colonials along the Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec. The wide historical reach of this issue matches the geographic, as our garden articles start from the first century AD at the villa od of Roman consul, Pliny the Younger, and we round off with very 21st century wise-cracking cartoonist, Mark Zlotsky, from New York City.
Between times, are featured gorgeous topiary gardens across Europe, dating from the Renaissance, the medieval and the French Revolution.
On the practical side, there is the ultimate guide how to achieve a seamless professional finish on a low hedge. As always, we report on the latest international scientific research into Buxus. Along with book and art reviews, is the Society news from our five EBTS countries as well as from our affiliate countries, Japan and the US.
Topiarius is the annual journal of the European Boxwood and Topiary Society and is one of the benefits of membership.
New Editor for Topiairus 2023
Dear EBTS Friends,
After 19 years as Editor of Topiarius, I feel that it is high time to retire, but not to leave EBTS, of course. It has been both a privilege and a lot of fun to edit the EBTS journal and, perhaps best of all it has given me the opportunity to make many wonderful friends. It is difficult to express how grateful I am to the talented membership, the distinguished professionals outside of the Society, as well as the garden owners, who generously contributed articles and photographs over the years. Topiarius has a great team now with Marie de Peyerimhoff, our irreplaceable French translator, and our wise advisers on the Editorial Board. Major credit for the magazine, however, must go to Abigail Dodd, whose creative designs have transformed the last three issues. With Elizabeth Hilliard at the helm, there can be little doubt but that a bright future for Topiarius lies ahead.
Introducing Elizabeth Hilliard
Elizabeth Hilliard is a long-time member of the EBTS and for three years has been on the Council as Meetings Secretary. She has written for and been on the staff of a wide range of national publications including Vogue, Harpers & Queen and the Telegraph, and is author of many books on interior decoration and the decorative arts. She has been a keen gardener since being taught to prune roses at school, and more recently has successfully moved yew hedges and topiarised anything that will take it – and some plants that won’t! Ever versatile, she is currently an art student at the Essential School of Painting in London.