Box – does it have a future? Professional Development Day

Box – does it have a future? Professional Development Day

South Thames

  • 09:15 AM - 03:30 PM, 15 November 2018

Hillside Events Centre, RHS Garden Wisley, GU23 6QB

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The RHS is holding a Box experts day at RHS Garden Wisley in November and BALI members are invited to attend. A full day's programme of activity is planned, including guest speakers from English Heritage, National Trust and RHS, plus a sandwhich lunch.

  • Description

    Box hedging has provided the core structural element in gardens for hundreds of years but is this about to change? The RHS Scientists will present an overview of box pests and diseases as well as current research into control measures. Matthew Potage, Curator at RHS Garden Wisley will discuss box alternatives, ease of establishment, pruning and suitability with a tour of the box alternatives in the Walled garden. Other speakers include Christopher Weddell and Mark Brent from English Heritage and Sean Reid from Ickworth, National Trust: on managing historic box hedging in Public gardens, coping with disease outbreaks and selecting alternatives. James Crebbin-Bailey: Topiary Art – managing box in private gardens.
    Places cost £60 per person exc VAT and bookings can be made by telephone 020 31765830 or by visiting the website here. Quote booking reference: 15142. Places include refreshments and a sandwich lunch. Please indicate any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
All delegates are asked to meet at the main garden entrance from 9.15am.
     9.15 - 10.00             Registration and refreshments
    10.00 - 10.05            Welcome
    10.05 - 10.35            Overview of Box Pests Dr Andrew Salisbury, RHS Senior Entomologist
    10.35 - 11.05            Box Diseases Dr Matthew Cromey, RHS Principal Scientist
    11.05 - 11.25            Box blight - RHS and current research Dr Matthew Cromey, RHS Principal Scientist
    11.25 - 11.40            Refreshments
    11.40 - 12.10            Managing box blight in historically important garden Sean Reid, Ickworth National Trust
    12.10 - 12.40            Buxus or not to Buxus Christopher Weddell & Mark Brent, English Heritage
    12.40 - 13.20            Lunch
    13.20 - 14.10            Topiary Arts Back-ing the Box James Cribben-Bailey, Topiary Art

    14.10 – 14.50           Box alternatives Matthew Pottage, Curator, RHS Garden Wisley
    14.50 – 15.30           Guided tour of box alternatives in the Walled Garden
    If you have any questions regarding this event (not booking) please contact Trish George.