There were two clubs exhibiting at Capel Manor and they were Splinter Group and Middlesex Bonsai Society and both displays were very good. There were lots of traders including Walsall Studio Ceramics, Gordon Duffett, Ken Leaver of WindyBank Bonsai, Lee Verhorevoort , Corin Tomlinson, Reid bonsai, Clive Mckintyre , Bonsai tag and many more.  There were also some lovely trees, pots and accessories at competitive prices to buy and a really good event to go too. Continue reading


Thank you once again Milton Lilbourne for inviting Swindon Bonsai to put on a small exhibition of bonsai at your Summer Faye. It was a fun day with Classic cars, vintage machinery, a dog agility display, Bang  to Rites Drummers, cream teas and much more and we all had an enjoyable day out. It is an annual event organised in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal & Prospect Hospice and well worth adding to your events calendar for 2017.

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Huge congratulations go to John Trott of Mendip Bonsai Studio for his stunning bonsai display at the Gardeners World live at the NEC this year. Also what a surprise, John received a platinum award (one above a Gold) and the inaugural Geoff Hamilton award for best in show. He won against stiff competition as there were 106 exhibitors and in his words is “well chuffed”. Bonsai was well represented there with 4 platinum awards and a silver-gilt. Continue reading


There was a stunning display of accents at Bonsai with Love, and some very interesting styles, designs and species of plants used as accents too. The pots were also amazing, so many brightly coloured and wonderful designs it was hard to choose a favourite. Check out some of the accents from the show below. For anyone who missed the show, it was in aid of charity with the aim of being a fund-raising event sponsored by Dan and Cecilia Barton to raise funds for the Charity: M.E. RESEARCH UK. There was a huge set of Tombola prizes at the show, which followed on from an auction of some lovely bonsai trees. It was a great event and a chance also to catch up with many bonsai friends.

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It was a very successful Charity bonsai event in aid of M.E Research and a big thank you to everyone who attended to support the day and also all those who helped with the organisation, sponsorship, funding and donations. If you wanted to buy bonsai then this was the place to be, a great range of trees, bonsai tools, stands, pots and other items were available for sale from traders and bonsai clubs and it was a great opportunity to pick up few items at good prices. Continue reading