EBTS member Janet Fookes reflects on her committee’s recent report and recommendations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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’.
In the March 2016 issue of ‘Gardens Illustrated’ magazine there not one but two EBTS UK members featured.
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.
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.
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’.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
In celebration of 100 years of topiary being exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013, Topiary Arts re-create a 1913 display by the appropriately named Herbert Cutbush, as taken from the 1913 Chelsea Flower Show souvenir brochure, using as many of the original materials and techniques that are available today.
As the Official Registrar for Buxus Cultivars from his base at the U.S National Arboretum, Washington, DC, Lynn Batdorf steadily worked through the increasing numbers of old and new Buxus cultivars which required botanical clarification and descriptive citation before official Registration. These were mostly sent in by boxwood enthusiasts and eagle-eyed nurserymen looking for a new ‘break’ or form. Confused identification of […]
The Royal Horticultural Society in association with the British Society for Plant Pathology hosted a workshop regarding recent developments in the pests and diseases of Box (Buxus spp). The event entitled ‘What is the current state of play with pests and diseases on Buxus?’