Held on June 14th 2015 in ‘Support of Cancer Research’ this event will be free admission including a number of traders. Steve Tolley has generously agreed to conduct an informal demo and Tony Tickle has been persuaded to donate his magnificent Yew bonsai for an auction. There will also be a tombola draw with loads of prizes, it is hoped that those who attend and are sympathetic to the charity will dig deep and donate to this worthy cause at this unique event.

Ray Ward tribute

Ray Ward, Vice Chairman of FOBBS and long time member of Sussex Bonsai Group and the newer Crawley Bonsai Society of whom he was a founder member. The work done for bonsai by Ray was enormous and the enthusiasm with which he threw himself into all he did will be remembered by all who knew him or with whom he came in contact. A man recently recognised on the FOBBS Roll of Honour; he will be remembered for his work and enthusiasm.

The winners of the public vote at Heathrow Bonsai Show were:




Thank you again Mark and Ming Moreland and all those involved in organising and running the Heathrow Bonsai Show as this was yet another great bonsai show and fun event today. The range of bonsai trees on display was extensive and excellent, with some stunning autumn colour as well as some early winter images.

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Dan and Cecilia Barton make wonderful unique pots of all shapes and sizes and no two pots are alike or the same which is fabulous. They have developed various techniques to produce some stunning accent pots with superb glazes making them quite eye catching to say the least and amazing styles and shapes too. Here is a selection of their work and for more details visit their website. Plus they will be a trader at the Swindon Winter Image Show on Sunday 22nd February 2015 so if you come along you can buy then there. Continue reading


This month we held an autumn workshop to discuss the interesting transitional period between active and dormant. This year has produced mixed results for autumn foliage in the UK, largely down to climatic influences more than anything. I believe the Americans call looking at autumnal colour ‘leaf peeping’ which I think is a nice sentiment. It was good to see both Terry Hayward and Terry Adams back on form and joining us for the workshop. Terry Adams was busy working on his Japanese White Pine, needle plucking before wiring in preparation for our show already! There was a bit of trading going on and Mike decided to impress us all with a full on Mame display for tree of the month.


My Japanese Black Pine was in for a bit of needle plucking also
Japanese Black Pine also in for a bit of needle plucking