The eggs laid by the box tree moths that have been flying for the last month are now hatching into hungry caterpillars.
Reports of the damage to boxwood plants in the South of France are coming in with unsettling regularity. The devastation caused appears to be even higher than last year, due to the number of caterpillars that over wintered.
Work continues on improving the health of the buxus plants in the National Collection, including propagating the rarer varieties.
EBTS UK is a member of the RHS Plant Society and this year, for the first time in a while, we had a stand at their event at RHS Wisley.
With reports of caterpillars in Frinton on Sea, Cambridge, close to the Chiltern’s & closing in on to the National Buxus Collection in Rake in the South Down, it’s not surprising there has been a moth sighting in Chichester.
Are you an EBTS member living within 50 miles of NP25 4AD? How about joining Helena Gerrish for a Topiary Tea and a relaxed tour round the immaculate garden at High Glanau Manor?
The Annual General Meeting of EBTS UK was held this year in the wonderfully historic surroundings of Hever Castle.
All you need to know about Box Tree Moths & Caterpillars pulled together in one place, including the Box Tree Moth & Caterpillar Tracker.
EBTS UK gets Box Moth Lures that last the whole season sold in the UK so you don’t have to remember to replace them.
On 12th December 2017 EBTS UK wrote an open letter to the National Trust’s Director General about the way it was handling box blight at Ickworth. EBTS UK now replies to the points raised in the NT’s letters of response.
On Friday 2nd March, the RHS revealed it’s rankings for the pests and deseases most affecting UK gardens and no surprise for any box lover – Box Tree Caterpillar was top.
Ever fancied an impress animal in your front garden, but were to worried they might venture into the traffic? Here is a creative solution, a two faced Yew Peacock & Elephant.
Tickets to the EBTS trip to Ireland with Boxwood Tours Ltd are now available to purchase – tickets for the AGM and other events will be released soon.
Congratulations go out to the winners of this years EBTS France Best Garden Awards which were presented on January 19th at a glittering event at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée.
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.
On 21st November Mike Buffin, Chairman Plant Heritage, confirmed that the Plant Conservation Committee had awarded ‘Full Collection’ status to the Langley collection.
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.
If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to clean up your box moth pheromone traps & store them for the winter.
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.
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.
A number of people have emailed EBTS UK with their experiences of this years box moth invasion and how they have dealt with it.
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.
Now available to buy online – EBTS France has translated Lynn R Batdorf’s new 4th edition of ‘The Boxwood Manual’, making it the first reference book on boxwood in French.
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.
On returning home from a week away, the EBTS UK Chairman found unwanted guests chomping through his box hedging in both the front and back gardens.
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.
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.
EBTS France is sad to announce the death of Léonce Deprez, former deputy mayor of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage and Honorary Member of EBTS.
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.
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 […]
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.