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Hedges and topiary cultivation in Historic Gardens

Webinar: 7th of February 2023
Practical workshop: 28th to 29th of June 2023, in Sweden

Webinar
Hedges and topiary are important structural and decorative elements of most historic gardens. The creation, maintenance and restoration of these elements require significant skills. Today these gardens are mostly maintained with contemporary power tools, but this webinar will present the historical gardening practice as well as contemporary solutions. Furthermore, the webinar will present the function and aesthetics of hedges and topiary in historic gardens as well as their creation and reconstruction. We will also discuss questions about plant choices then and now and traditional versus modern technology for maintaining hedges and topiary. In summary, the webinar will consider hedges and topiary from the perspective of  cultural heritage, sustainability and biodiversity as well as the effects of climate change.

The webinar will be hosted by Gunnebo House on the 7th of February 2023 (on Zoom).
Contact: joakim.seiler@gunneboslott.se

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Topiary
Santar Vila Jardim – Photo: EGHN

The content in the webinar is as follows: (changes may occur)
– The Grove in the 18th century as described by Dézallier de Argenville, Dr. Jan Woudstra, University of Sheffield
– Pruning hooks and hedge slashers: historic management of high hedges, Dr. Joakim Seiler, Gunnebo and University of Gothenburg
– Maintaining topiary and hedges in historic gardens, Chris Poole, European Boxwood and Topiary Society
– Extreme Hedge Cutting at Powis Castle, David Swanton, Powis Castle
– In search of a hedge, Willem Zieleman, Paleis Het Loo
– Historic box alternatives and historic management of low hedges, Dr. Joakim Seiler
– Box alternatives, Jenny Bowden, RHS
– Ecosystem services of urban hedges, Dr. Tijana Blanusa, RHS

The complete updated program can be found under «More» on the right.

Benrath Schlosspark - topiary allees
Benrath Schlosspark – Photo: EGHN
La Ballue
La Ballue – Photo: EGHN

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Hedges and topiary cultivation in Historic Gardens

Webinar date: 2023/02/07

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Hedges and topiary cultivation in Historic Gardens

Practical Workshop, from: 2023/06/28
To: 2023/06/29

Contributors

Jenny Bowden’s presentation at the Hedges-webinar will present the results from the new Box alternatives survey by RHS.
Dr. Tijana Blanusa, RHS, is one of the speakers at the Hedges-webinar. Her presentation is about Ecosystem services of urban hedges.
Willem Zieleman will give a presentation about the box hedges at Het Loo on the Hedges-webinar, with the title: «In search of a hedge».
As speaker on the webinar, Dr. Jan Woudstra will focus on the garden element “The grove” in his presentation.
David is a speaker at the Hedges and Topiary cultivation-webinar on the topic «Extreme Hedge Cutting at Powis Castle».
Jenny Nilsson is the presenter at the Hedges and Topiary cultivation-webinar. She is also very involved in the Lawn and meadow topic, as the presenter and speaker at the webinar and instructor at the workshop.
Joakim has a PhD in Garden Conservation and works at Gunnebo House and Gardens and the University of Gothenburg.

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Hedges and topiary cultivation in Historic Gardens

Webinar date: 2023/02/07
Practical Workshop date: 2023/06/28

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