It’s that time of year for you to get your clippers out and start tidying up those unruly box balls and spirals.
The EBTS UK AGM was held in the nearly finished refurbished Garden Museum in Lambeth. The meeting was fully booked with 50 people attending the days events.
The agenda for the 2017 EBTS UK AGM to be held on Saturday 6th May at the Garden Museum in Lambeth is now available along with the minutes to last years AGM.
EBTS was recently invited to attend a presentation by one of it’s advertisers, Topbuxus. The event, on 22nd February, was held at the Judith Blacklock Flower School, Knightsbridge.
If you are coming to the EBTS UK AGM at the Garden Museum on May 6th and you like to know a bit about the place you are visiting, here are a couple of things that might interest you.
Tickets to this years EBTS UK events are now available to order online.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
If you haven’t already spotted it, EBTS UK members Charlotte & Donald Molesworths garden has a great write up in the December 2016 edition of ‘The English Garden’.
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.
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.
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.
This year the AGM took a different form from the usual two day event with garden visits. It was held in The Academicians Room at The Royal Academy in London
EBTS member Simon Rose has been in touch to say anyone in West London with box in their garden should be on the look out for box moth.
The Chiltern Society eNews reports that at the end of March 42 volunteers planted around 2000 small trees made up mainly of box but also holly, juniper, whitebeam and field maple. The work is part of a long term project ‘to increase the continuity of Box woodland in the area close to Ellesborough Warren the largest box woodland in England at 12HA’.
EBTS was founded in September 1996, twenty years ago. We will be celebrating this important milestone by hosting an event on Saturday October 1st at Earlstone Manor, near Newbury in Berkshire.
In the March 2016 issue of ‘Gardens Illustrated’ magazine there not one but two EBTS UK members featured.
The exhibition featured in the 2014 edition of Topiarius is taking place at Hampton Court between 28th April & 4th September this year. This is to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘ Capability’ Brown.
In September 2013 EBTS visited, as part of it’s North Wales trip, Plas Cadnet the garden of EBTS member Anthony Tavernor. Sadly in late December the garden was hit by a deluge of rain water
A new British Museum gallery for the Waddesdon Bequest funded by the Rothschild Foundation – UPDATED 13/01/16
EBTS UK recently received the follow in an email from Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Europe and of the Waddesdon Bequest, The British Museum which will be of interest to anyone who knows about the Waddesdon Bequest.
EBTS UK is helping to fund the production of a book on ‘The History of Topiary, Knots and Parterres’ and it’s being written by our very own Topiarius magazine editor Caroline Foley.
There was an interesting item on the BBC Six O’clock News by Claire Marshall (Wednesday 26/08/15) and it included a brief comment from EBTS member James Crebbin-Bailey.
In March 2014 Monty Don revealed on the BBC Gardeners’ World programme that he was going to start ripping out some of the box hedging in his garden at Longmeadow.
In the July edition of the RHS’s ‘The Garden’ magazine there is an article that looks at the alternative options to using buxus for anyone choosing plants to use as a low hedge or for topiary.
So another AGM weekend has drawn to a successful close and organser Stephen Fenny is home again in Norfolk knowing he has successful organised a few days of great garden trips around the Harrogate area of Yorkshire.
You may have noticed that between the programmes on ITV they have a new ident featuring EBTS UK’s very own Charlotte Molesworth. This is how she described the day the ident was recorded.
After the sell-out success of the first fundraising concert and supper, the European Boxwood and Topiary Society held another musical evening to raise funds for its innovative ‘Hand, Eye and Heart’ Creative Topiary Design module for British Horticultural Colleges.
The day was organised by the Chiltern Box Woodland Project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and was designed to illustrate how volunteers, woodland owners and organisations have worked with the project to discover a rich Box heritage in the Chilterns that had fallen into obscurity.
To all members of EBTS UK and country representatives
After the warmest year in history and with the excitement of a forthcoming general election in the UK, EBTS enters 2015 with continuing confidence and enthusiasm.
The Garden Museum in South London, with the help of The Friends of the National Libraries & the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, have purchased a 1664 first edition of Stephen Blake’s ‘The Compleat Gardeners Practice’.
Tuesday November 25th saw the first of a couple of fund raising events organised by Bruce Ginsberg to raise additional funds for the Topiary Training Module that EBTS UK is developing for use by colleges to improve the use and diversity of topiary.
The evening was a fundraising event to enable the European Box and Topiary Society to take forward its innovative Contemporary Topiary Design module for British Horticultural College.
Having settled into our Clare College accommodation on Friday evening, Saturday morning was time for the official business of the weekend, the Annual General Meeting which was held in The Latimer Room.
It is being reported that the Asian box tree caterpillar Diaphania perspectalis is spreading more rapidly than previously. The RHS is quoted in The Times as having recorded as many incidents this year as all the sightings since 2011 put together. These infestations were in discovered in May this year in Woodford & Loughton in the east of London and also Stoke Poges near Slough.
First my Mum sent me a fuzzy image from her iPad of a dragon sighting in North Norfolk, then Lynda the EBTS Administrator mailed me with a better quality picture asking if I had seen it. Soon it was on the BBC News website and in the Eastern Daily Press, so I felt as I was in North Norfolk I had to track this beast down.
With the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 well under way it’s not just the public that are admiring EBTS UK member James Crebbins-Baileys Silver-Gilt Flora winning stand – it’s the stars of The Great British Bake Off, Country File, an Opera Diva, Principal Ballerina with the Royal Ballet and gardening & TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh.
Through out the week volunteers helped complete the garden and and when the results were announced James had another medal to add to his long list – Silver-Gilt Flora.
Congratulations on another outstanding win!
On March 14th 2014 in the BBC Two programme ‘Gardeners World’, Monty Don dealt with box blight at Longmeadow – sadly it was drastic action. If you missed it then click here to watch the item via the BBC website – he also gives advice on what to look for and how to remove affected […]
It seems the caterpillars that develop into Box Tree Moths are on the increase. They were first found in the UK in the Surrey in 2008 and the RHS is now reporting that numbers have doubled in the last two years.
EBTS UK member Charlotte Molesworth’s unique topiary garden is featured in March’s Period Living. There are some marvellous photos and Charlotte tells about some of her topiary techniques.
We welcome Alan Titchmarsh as a new Honorary Member of EBTS UK. Alan is well known throughout the world as a gardening enthusiast and we are delighted that he has joined us.
Clinton Lodge, Sussex, owned by Lady Collum, wins a prize as a Jardin d’Exception in the EBTS France annual competition for the best gardens visited in the previous year.
Henry and Charlotte Crawley’s splendid garden at Hunworth Hall, which was visited by EBTS as part of it’s 2010 AGM in North Norfolk, is featured in the ‘Country Life’ double Christmas and New Year edition 2013.
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.
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.
Having assembled and had lunch at the Grosvenor Garden Centre, the 45 strong group was introduced to Les Armstrong the former Head Gardener of Eaton Hall and we drove in convoy through the extensive grounds of the estate to Eaton Hall.
The EBTS UK AGM for 2013 was held between Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June and was another exciting action packed weekend, based this time in West Dean College, Chichester
Following a request from the BBC One TV show to EBTS for front gardens that feature topiary our chairman Mark and wife Mary’s garden was chosen as one to film. The item was transmitted on the 1st July.