Gunnebo House and Gardens

Join the Hedges and topiary-workshop!

Join the team at Gunnebo gardens in Sweden for a two-day practical workshop in which we investigate the impact of historical techniques and tools on both the aesthetic and horticultural development of hedges.

Topiary experts from the UK will also train us in the secrets of their art, showing how neglected specimens can be brought back to their full glory and kept in the best of health. Any nesting birds in the vicinity will have been noted and carefully avoided as this workshop just pre-empts the usual hedge trimming season in Scandinavia.

Shelter, structure and formality

Hedges have been used for centuries in gardens throughout Europe to provide shelter, structure and formality, while the refined art of topiary can turn both historic and contemporary gardens into living sculpture galleries. Now we ask even more of our hedges in our search for wildlife habitats and protection from the impacts of climate change. Can we learn anything from how hedges have been managed in the past and how should we be adapting those practices for more sustainable gardens in the future?

Creation, maintenance and restoration

This workshop is following up the winter webinar hosted by Gunnebo on the 7th of February. 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 during the webinar the historical gardening practice as well as contemporary solutions were presented. The speakers on the webinar also presented the function and aesthetics of hedges and topiary in historic gardens as well as their creation and reconstruction. Plant choices then and now and traditional versus modern technology for maintaining hedges and topiary are also interesting topics in this context. Our activities on Hedges and topiary, the webinar and workshop, are considering hedges and topiary from the perspective of  cultural heritage, sustainability and biodiversity as well as the effects of climate change.

Tekst: Catherine Nicoll and Joakim Seiler


Joakim has a PhD in Garden Conservation and works at Gunnebo House and Gardens and the University of Gothenburg.

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Other Garden Conservation

We cooperate with other actors in the heritage garden community throughout Europe, and here is some info about upcoming events hosted by some of them.


On the 7th of February 2023, Gunnebo House and Gardens is hosting the webinar on Hedges and Topiary cultivation in Historic Gardens.
It’s time! The Orangery at Gunnebo will finally be opening and we’re celebrating by inviting you all to our very first crafts festival. Are you interested in heritage crafts like wood and stone carving, timber framing or how to make a tiled stove? Would you like to know more about orangery plants and mowing with scythes? Then this is the perfect event for you.


Gunnebo is hosting this four days workshop, with the topic ‘Lawns and meadow cultivation in Historic Gardens’ which is a follow up on the webinar earlier this year.
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