Recent Updates

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    Open Letter to the Director General of the National Trust

    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.

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    National Collection Status returns to Langley

    On 21st November Mike Buffin, Chairman Plant Heritage, confirmed that the Plant Conservation Committee had awarded ‘Full Collection’ status to the Langley collection.

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    Christmas Authors Evening

    Our very own Caroline Foley, Editor of Topiarius and author of ‘Topiary Knots & Parterres’ was out signing copies of the book in the Kings Road yesterday evening.

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    Have you bought your traps in?

    If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to clean up your box moth pheromone traps & store them for the winter.

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    The RHS and Plant Societies – Sharing Expertise

    On a chilling and damp morning, Chris Poole and I, Liz Smith in through the RHS Wisley gates to attend the Plant Societies, sharing our Expertise Workshop.

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    East Anglia Reveals Garden Gems

    The five Gardens in East Anglia selected by our tour organisers Di & Neil Cave were spread across Norfolk, Suffolk & North Essex and ranged from a large domestic garden to the grounds of a stately home.

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    Regrowth in the South of France

    With so many stories of box moth and it’s caterpillars causing havoc with peoples gardens it’s good to get updates that show things can and do get better surprisingly quickly.

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    Significant Increases in Box Moths & Caterpillars

    A number of people have emailed EBTS UK with their experiences of this years box moth invasion and how they have dealt with it.

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    How to empty a pheromone trap

    Following requests on how to empty a pheromone trap EBTS UK has made a short video that shows what to do when there are still some live moths in the trap – hopefully their end is swift and painless as it can be under the circumstances.

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    Don’t dig up your box just because of caterpillars

    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.

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. 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.


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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