Recent Updates

  • ‘Topiary, Knots and Parterres’ available for Pre-order now

    ‘Topiary, Knots and Parterres’ available for Pre-order now

    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.

  • Fascinating Boxwood at the Art Gallery of Ontario

    Fascinating Boxwood at the Art Gallery of Ontario

    If you’ve read Mark Braimbridge’s pieces on the Waddesdon Bequest or Dr Dora Thornton’s piece about the British Museum exhibition of boxwood carvings, you should take a look at the Art Gallery of Ontario – Boxwood Project.

  • The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury

    The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury

    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 designs for the Prince of Wales’ gardens at Highgrove.Lady Salisbury was […]

  • A Good Read

    A Good Read

    It’s always good when the EBTS UK copy of ‘The Garden’ magazine drops through the letter box onto the door mat and reveals topiary.

  • The Molesworth’s in ‘The English Garden’

    The Molesworth’s in ‘The English Garden’

    If you haven’t already spotted it, EBTS UK members Charlotte & Donald Molesworth’s garden has a great write up in the December 2016 edition of ‘The English Garden’.

  • Mark Braimbridge 1924-2016

    Mark Braimbridge 1924-2016

    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.

  • A Rothschild Renaissance reviewed by Elizabeth Braimbridge

    A Rothschild Renaissance reviewed by Elizabeth Braimbridge

    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.

  • Beautiful Bath

    Beautiful Bath

    Iford Manor has a house and garden to die for. If ever there was a house and garden that was in a perfect setting, surely this must be it. The both are settled comfortably into the side of a valley that looks down over the gently curving River Frome.

  • New Chairman announced

    New Chairman announced

    During the celebrations of 20th years of EBTS, Mark Hopkins announced that Chris Poole would become Chairman of EBTS UK subject to ratification at the next AGM.

  • EBTS 20th Anniversary Party

    EBTS 20th Anniversary Party

    In 1996 the inaugural meeting of EBTS was held at Dorney Court near Windsor, 20 years on it was time to celebrated the societies achievements. There was a full day of talks, music, good food and most of all great company of founding friends to new members.

The European Boxwood & Topiary Society


The European Boxwood and Topiary Society (EBTS) is devoted to encouraging the appreciation, cultivation and knowledge of Boxwood and Topiary and to further extend both historic and scientific research in the subject.


Our aims are to encourage, improve and extend the cultivation of boxwood and to disseminate knowledge of boxwood and topiary, in all its forms, by means of publications, promotions, exhibitions, scientific research, European co-operation and exchange, conferences and visits, various meetings and other appropriate activities.


We are a European body with active membership in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Further relationships in Italy, Portugal and Spain are currently being developed. Each country is responsible for running its own organisation within the overall framework of our Vision and Aims, and under the corporate governance of EBTS Europe. A longstanding and very strong relationship with The American Boxwood Society (ABS) in Virginia, USA has been in existence for many years and which we value greatly.

EBTS UK Membership


Our members comprise garden historians, writers, garden designers, scientists, nurserymen, great garden owners and professionals, as well as the many fine amateur gardeners who are the backbone of the whole culture of gardens. 

We are a “not for profit” organisation with members paying an annual fee to their own respective country organisations.

Our annual flagship magazine is called Topiarius and is issued to all members in Europe.


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