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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Welcome branch

Monkaburi is the term used to describe trees with a branch leaning out over a pathway or gateway and this is also referred to as a welcome branch. These are common to see in Japan over doorways and entrances and this is something that can be built into your bonsai design on Pines in particular. Continue reading