"Boxwood: An Illustrated
Encyclopedia" is the world's first authoritative guide to these shrublike small
Arboretum Scientist Releases Boxwood
Encyclopedia By Alfredo Flores
June 4, 2004
It took U.S. National
Arboretum horticulturalist Lynn Batdorf nearly 20 years, six trips to
Europe and countless visits to nurseries throughout the United States to gather
information to complete "Boxwood: An Illustrated Encyclopedia." But now Batdorf
can take pride in publishing the world's first authoritative guide to these
beautiful evergreen, shrublike small trees.
The U.S. National Arboretum is operated by the
Agricultural Research Service, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
scientific research agency.
As keynote speaker, Batdorf will discuss his new illustrated
encyclopedia today at the annual general meeting of the
European Boxwood and Topiary Society, which
is being held June 4-6 in Windsor, England.
The boxwood encyclopedia comprises 343 pages, with 340 color
photographs. It contains information on the size, hardiness, habitat, leaf
shape, stem characteristics, annual growth, cultivar environments, pests,
landscape use, history and nursery and common names for more than 780
Batdorf has served as the International Cultivar Registration
Authority since 1985, and also authored "Boxwood Handbook: A Practical Guide to
Knowing and Growing Boxwood." That 99-page color book, published in 1995, has
been considered one of the best references available on boxwood.
The arboretum's National Boxwood Collection, for which Batdorf
has served as curator since 1977, is one of the world's most complete
collections of boxwood, with about 150 different species and cultivars. Some of
the cultivars have blue-green leaves, while others have leaves with splashes of
cream or yellow. Some are dwarf and mature at a height of less than two feet.
These represent just some of the diversity found in the arboretum's collection
of boxwood, a perfect plant for framing anything from an herb garden to a
garden maze. Boxwood plantings can be found on the grounds of some of the
world's most famous residences, including the White House garden.
The boxwood encyclopedia is now available through the
American Boxwood Society.