Box – does it have a future? Professional Development Day
- 09:15 AM - 03:30 PM, 15 November 2018
Hillside Events Centre, RHS Garden Wisley, GU23 6QB
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.
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.Programme9.15 - 10.00 Registration and refreshments10.00 - 10.05 Welcome10.05 - 10.35 Overview of Box Pests Dr Andrew Salisbury, RHS Senior Entomologist10.35 - 11.05 Box Diseases Dr Matthew Cromey, RHS Principal Scientist11.05 - 11.25 Box blight - RHS and current research Dr Matthew Cromey, RHS Principal Scientist11.25 - 11.40 Refreshments11.40 - 12.10 Managing box blight in historically important garden Sean Reid, Ickworth National Trust12.10 - 12.40 Buxus or not to Buxus Christopher Weddell & Mark Brent, English Heritage12.40 - 13.20 Lunch13.20 - 14.10 Topiary Arts Back-ing the Box James Cribben-Bailey, Topiary Art14.10 – 14.50 Box alternatives Matthew Pottage, Curator, RHS Garden Wisley14.50 – 15.30 Guided tour of box alternatives in the Walled GardenIf you have any questions regarding this event (not booking) please contact Trish George.