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Thank you again to Gerrit Lodder of Lodder Bonsai bv and Hoka-en Bonsai Studio for their fabulous raffle prize donation for our Swindon Winter Image Show 2016 on Sunday February 28th from 10.30am to 4.00pm at Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 4JY.

For your chance to win these great prizes and many more come along to our show and also see some stunning bonsai trees on display and possibly start the very addictive hobby yourself!

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The Chinese traditional Bonsai Art is that of Lingnan Penjing Bonsai and it enjoys a world wide reputation for its vigorous, elegant and unrestrained style of harmonious composition, as well as its very own special ‘Grow and Clip Method’. This approach is more natural and refined and tasteful and have continued to develop to this day improving the aesthetics of the overall style year on year. Continue reading

If you are wanting to see bonsai this year, then have a look through the list of shows and events this year for the UK where you will see some stunning bonsai on display of all styles, shapes and sizes. There will also be opportunities at most of the events to buy bonsai and bonsai supplies as well as meet bonsai enthusiasts and discuss ideas and answer any queries you may have. The first show in the UK is the Swindon Winter Image Show so we look forward to hopefully seeing you there. Continue reading

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Huangshan mountain (黄山) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most stunning places we have had the pleasure to visit in our quest for bonsai inspiration.The weather is a crucial factor in any visit and we had the full range of dense cloud and fog through to brilliant sunshine and rainbows. It was breath taking to be up amongst the clouds from sunrise through to sunset. Continue reading

Simon Temblett, Willow - Best In Show

Scientific names go further than just allowing us to easily talk about trees on the same level they can also go as far as to describe more about the tree or plant like where it originates from, what habitat it lives in or a particular feature about the plant and some are even named to commemorate people and when this occurs it is referred to as the use of specific epithets. Continue reading