Not long now before the next major bonsai show in the UK on Sunday 7th April. So hopefully you are ready for another bonsai extravaganza, and a great opportunity to admire some of the UK’s finest bonsai. There will be a wide range of bonsai traders at the event too so a great bonsai shopping experience as well. Check out their website for more details.

Display by David Johnson at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Show

David displayed an Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus antartica), which he has had from a cutting for 26 years in a Beryl Thorpe pot. He also displayed a Korean Hornbeam (Carpinus turczaninowii), that he obtained from a trader 16 years ago and it was in a Dan Barton pot.

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Shohin display by Beryl Thorpe at the Swindon 2019 Winter Image Show

Beryl presented a four tree shohin display with three trees on a shohin display stand and one set to the right with an accompanying Davallia fern. The Elm within the display also won the Arihato award so well done Beryl.

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We are super-excited to have been invited to a prestigious local event. Fish Brothers Swindon are holding a Japanese themed entertainment evening of drinks, sushi and other festivities on Thursday 28th March at 7.30pm. Lexus are launching a new vehicle and we’ve been asked along to display our bonsai also including:

  • Hop Kettle Brewery
  • Light Mapping display
  • Charity raffle – supporting Brighter Futures
  • Twilight trees

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Bonsai display by Ian Stewardson at the Swindon 2019 Winter Image Show

This year we had a special treat from Ian Stewardson with his exciting new exhibit of a Siberian Pea Tree (Caragana arboescens) that came from Japan and was in a Gordon Duffett pot.

Set alongside a Satsuki Azalea var. Akemi no Tsuki also from Japan. They are both very good examples of the species and stunning trees, so thank you for sharing them with us.

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Shohin display by Stewart Beresford at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show

Stewart’s shohin display was a celebration of two excellent shohin trees, a Quince in flower set above a very delicate cascade stand in addition to a Hornbeam set on a beautiful wooden jitta.

Bonsai exhibit by Steve McKee at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Show

This year Steve kindly agreed to be our Head Judge and spent much of the first part of the morning deliberating all the trees against the criteria and categories along with his fellow judges.

Prior to that he had time to set up his individual exhibit, which was an English Yew (Taxus baccata) which was field grown in a tokonoma pot and he has owned this for 10 years.

Robert and Bill judging at the Swindon Winter Image Show 2019

Thank you to the judges, Steve McKee, Mark Cooper, Ritta Cooper, Andy Jordan, Bill Baker, John Brocklehurst, Andrew Hardman and Robert Stewart.

It was no easy task to judge the show given the range of such stunning and such a diverse range of trees on display but they did an excellent job, so thank you again.

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Larch display by Chris Thomas at this years Swindon Winter Image Show

Chris not only put on an individual exhibit this year but he was also one of the traders at our show. He presented a yamadori Larch (Larix decidua) that was collected 14 years ago, which he has been working on, and styling and developing since then and it was in a Gordon Duffett pot.