Mark and Ritta Cooper presented a talk on Japan, Bonsai Shows and more specifically their passion, Shohin…in Japan. The talk was nicely varied, its subject appeals to both beginner and the advanced bonsai enthusiast. Topics included, favourite nurseries in Japan, shows, pots, displays, people, culture oh and even a bit about food. If you are planning a bonsai based trip to Japan, you would do well to catch this talk sometime.
Cryptomeria are of the Cupressacea family and are a monotypic genus where male and female strobili are borne on the same tree. The male strobili are orange to reddish and show in March and they form solitary round cones that mature within the first year. The common name is Japanese Cedar and they can be seen widely across Japan as impressive specimens of tree. Being a single species genus Cryptomeria japonica is the name which was previously known as Cryptomeria fortunei. Continue reading
After snow disrupting plans to visit Noelanders in January this year we held the Euro Tunnel booking and postponed it to a random date in May. Upon receipt of a reminder of this the week we searched around for any events in Europe and happened across the Sakura-Ten show Continue reading
It was a very quiet show without the familiar voice of Manuel which is usually heard throughout the day discussing and explaining the art of bonsai to anyone who is interested. It was a very good show and had lots of excellent trees on display in the exhibition and by the local clubs. Continue reading
Bristol Bonsai Society have their show set for the Saturday 18th August at Failands Village Hall. Continue reading
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This is a list of Bonsai Nurseries which can be visited, please bear in mind a lot of the Nursery owners operate an appointment system or have limited opening hours so extend some courtesy and contact the supplier before visiting. Have I missed you? Get in touch…
I am not sure at this point if this is more of an observation that a tip. Continue reading