Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper

Mark & Ritta Cooper have spent a great deal of time immersed in japanese culture over time. Tonight they wanted to share their exploits. They talked about the country, bonsai, koi and everything in between. Like a lot of bonsai enthusiasts it all started with koi fish and a pond, they also talked about their passion for shohin, the pros and cons of the smaller tree and some insight into what makes it all tick.


The auction is really hotting up here at Dragon Bonsai in Wales. A great chance to pick up all sorts of stuff. There is quite a buzz in the air as some great trees have come up for sale and mini bidding wars have commenced – but in an amicable way and ably handled by Chris Thomas, an auctioneer extraordinaire. There is over two hundred and fifty lots to go through and despite the blazing sunshine in the afternoon Continue reading

Swamp Cypress

Bristol Bonsai Society members did not disappoint today and had a show stopper to boot with a stunning Taxodium distchum (Swamp Cypress/Bald Cypress) which won the public vote as well as a personal favourite of mine too.

The club members bonsai displays were set up along the lines of one table per display (Tokanoma style) with the majority of trees being a single tree with an accompanying accent tree or plant. The range of species, styles and presentations Continue reading

Wanborough Show 2014

Swindon Club once again put on a display of bonsai trees at Wanborough Show. This is a well attended village show near to Swindon. Swindon Bonsai Society has mounted displays at this show for a number of years and interest from the public is always high with many people expressing interest in the art. This show provides an outreach opportunity to publicise Bonsai to local members of the public who are unlikely to attend a specialist show. Continue reading

Dragon Bonsai have set an auction into the calendar for Sunday 7th September 2014. There is also an informal workshop and other entertainment on the day before, Saturday 6th September so you could make a weekend of it – plenty of room for camping.

Bonllwyn Garden Center
120 Llandybie Rd

Head over to the Dragon website for more detail, or just for the big shiny countdown clock. We love it!

John Armitage workshop

The club always gets a lot out of a workshop with John Armitage, this time was no exception – his advice is always timely, structured and well considered. Held all day at our usual meeting place there was a good mix of starter stock being worked on as well as the more refined stuff. John’s paint sprayer proved very popular – loaded with water instead of paint, it makes the perfect tool for cleaning out the hard to reach areas efficiently (and noisly). The day was fuelled by caffeine and biscuits and there was a good amount of green waste by the end.

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