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2018-07-09 Two 2nd Wave caterpillars

2nd Wave of Caterpillars Starts

The eggs laid by the box tree moths that have been flying for the last month are now hatching into hungry caterpillars.


South of France Moth Update

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.

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Propagating the National Collection

Work continues on improving the health of the buxus plants in the National Collection, including propagating the rarer varieties.


RHS Wisley Plant Society Weekend

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.


1st Wave of Box Moths Arrives

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.

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Topiary Tea in Monmouthshire

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?


Sun shines on the 2018 AGM Event

The Annual General Meeting of EBTS UK was held this year in the wonderfully historic surroundings of Hever Castle.

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All you need to know about…

All you need to know about Box Tree Moths & Caterpillars pulled together in one place, including the Box Tree Moth & Caterpillar Tracker.

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Ickworth Box removal – EBTS UK Responds to National Trust

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.

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Amazing Front Garden Topiary

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.

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EBTS France – Best Gardens Awards

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.

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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.


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.

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‘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’.

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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