News updates

2017-12-10 National Collection HL

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.


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.


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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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.


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.

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Charlotte Molesworth on More4

Why not sit down with a nice cup of tea this evening and enjoy seeing EBTS member Charlotte Molesworth show Dee Hart Dyke (Miranda Hart’s mum) her garden and how to clip.


EBTS members restored garden gets Royal visit

In July of 2017 Plas Cadnant was visited by HRH Prince of Wales.  HRH was taken on a private tour of the gardens where he met many of those involved in restoring the gardens, before and after the flood.

2017-07-06 The Reviews

‘Topiary, Knots & Parterres’ – Great Reviews

Since it’s launch on the 8th June, Caroline Foley’s brilliant book ‘Topiary, Knots & Parterres’, printed by Pimpernel Press in association with EBTS UK, has been available from all good book shops and the reviews are now coming in.

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Léonce Deprez 1927-2017

EBTS France is sad to announce the death of Léonce Deprez, former deputy mayor of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage and Honorary Member of EBTS.


Time to get those clippers out!

It’s that time of year for you to get your clippers out and start tidying up those unruly box balls and spirals.


2017 AGM at The Garden Museum

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.

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2017 Annual General Meeting – Agenda

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.

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Topbuxus London Presentation – No more blight?

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.

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AGM & The Garden Museum

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.

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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.

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The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury

Hatfield House Old Palace (2007) picture by Starlingjon (Wikimedia) 1922-2016 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 […]


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 Molesworths in ‘The English Garden’

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’.


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.


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

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.


AGM @ The Royal Acadamy

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

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Busy Planting Box in the Chilterns

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’.

The Chairman Mark Hopkins addressing the AGM-FI

2016 Chairman’s Newsletter

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.

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The Empress and the Gardner

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.

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Plas Cadnant floods

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

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Monty Don changes tack

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.

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RHS Suggests ‘Good alternatives’ to Box

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.

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2015 AGM Weekend in Yorkshire – 3rd UPDATE

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.

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ITV Topiary Ident features Charlotte Molesworth

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.

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2nd Fund Raising Concert at Southside House

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.


Chiltern Boxwood Heritage Day

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.

The Chairman Mark Hopkins addressing the AGM-FI

EBTS UK 2015 Chairmans letter

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.

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Topiary Training Module Fund Raising Recital

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.

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A Fund Raising Musical Evening & Supper

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.

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AGM 2014 – Brief summary of the meeting

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.

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Increased infestations by Box Tree Moths

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.

2014-05-30 17.20.05

Topiary Dragon Quest

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.