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Webinar on Hedges and topiary cultivation

On the 7th of February 2023, Gunnebo House and Gardens is hosting the webinar on Hedges and Topiary cultivation in Historic Gardens.

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.

The content in the webinar is as follows: (changes may occur)
– What Dézallier d’Argenville, saw and what he missed: planting groves in 18th century gardens, by Dr. Jan Woudstra, University of Sheffield.
– Pruning hooks and hedge slashers: historic management of high hedges, Dr. Joakim Seiler, Gunnebo House and University of Gothenburg
– Extreme Hedge Cutting at Powis Castle, Head Gardener David Swanton
– Maintaining topiary and hedges in historic gardens, Chris Poole,
European Boxwood and Topiary Society (EBTS UK)
– In search of a hedge, Willem Zieleman, garden advisor and former Head Gardener Het Loo Palace
– Historic box alternatives and historic management of low hedges, Dr. Joakim Seiler
– Box alternatives, Jenny Bowden, Horticultural Advisor and Lenka Cooke, RHS
– Hedges, history of hedge laying and biodiversity value Nigel Adams
– Humble hedges – many environmental benefits. A presentation about ecosystem services of
urban hedges, Dr. Tijana Blanusa, Principal Horticultural Scientist, RHS

The webinar is free of charge, but participation requires registration by signing up.
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Program

Picture of a historic park with figure-shaped hedges and a castle.
Photo: Gunnebo House and Gardens
Picture of spiral-shaped bushes/trees in La Ballue park.
Photo: Christian Gruessen, EGHN

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».

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Webinar on Hedges and topiary cultivation

Other Garden Conservation

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.

Workshop

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.
– and be a part of the finding, developing and sharing best practice in garden conservation. All workshops are now open for you to express your interest of joining.
The Erasmus+ project “Craft Skills for Garden Conservation” (CSGC) offers skills and training opportunities to the heritage gardening community. Join us for the first two webinars in February!
Webinar date: 2022/02/05
Practical Workshop:
From date: 2022/02/28