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


Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the Bonsai with Love show 2016 at Failand village Hall near Bristol this weekend, it was a fabulous day with many bargains to be had and all in the aid of charity. Thank you to Dan Barton, John Trott and all who made the day a great success and to all those who donated trees for the auction, prizes for the tom bola and for those who bought raffle tickets or bid and bought trees. Continue reading


Another fantastic year for bonsai with a Gold medal for 2016 for the Federation of British Bonsai. With 22 bonsai trees from Swindon Bonsai Club and 5 accents out of the 25 bonsai trees on display.

Reginald Bolton and Terry Adams initially started helping on the FoBBs stand since 1996 and in 1998 they took over designing, building and managing the display and stand and have continued to do so for the past 18 years.

The trees are a range of species including Mountain maple, English Yew, White Pine, Trident Maple, Deshojo Maple, Chinese Juniper, Kiyohime Maple, Chinese Elm, Siberian Elm, English Elm, Korean Hornbeam, Ligustrum and a White Beech.

The build team for this year were Graham Simpson, Andy Jordan, Graham Stubbs, Terry Adams, Reginald Bolton and Tony Mckenzie and it was a great team effort. With a special vote of thanks to Graham Simpson who worked like a trojan to ensure the build was completed on time.