Another lovely day at the Rowdeford Garden Fair, the weather was good to us, coupled with some unusual plants from the specialist traders, in great condition at good prices. It saw lots of the visitors struggling back to their cars with arms full of plants and trees. We were again positioned in front of the main school house and under the most impressive plane tree. I was so busy admiring the plants, I forgot to take any photographs from around the event. Luckily, there are plenty of pictures on previous events…….
https://swindon-bonsai.co.uk/2017/05/14/rowdeford-plant-sale-fundraiser/

It was a chance for members to display their trees and they were certainly admired by the public. We had many questions during the day and lots of comments like……… ‘Oh, I like that one’

It is a fund raising event for the school and it looked like a good turn out of visitors. We again had an area to work on a few trees which lead to several conversations regarding the keeping and growing of the trees. Many visitors went away saying that they were going to give it a go and seek out their own little tree. Details of our next ‘Winter Image show’ on 23rd Feb 2020 were available to take away as a reminder.

John Trott of Mendip Bonsai Studio – RHS Master Grower 2019

John Trott of Mendip Bonsai Studio has been recognised as a Master Grower by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2019 and had an amazing bonsai stand and display at this years RHS Malvern Spring Show in the Floral marquee. 

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ABBEX logo

A forthcoming exhibition on the 18th August 2019 held at Failand Village Hall, Bristol. Only trees that have originated from British stock will be considered (for example from seed, cuttings, air-layers, division, British yamadori etc). The Bristol Bonsai Society will be offering cash prizes to the value of £100, £50 and £25 for the 3 most liked trees as voted by anyone attending the event. Admission to the event is free but if you’d like to make a donation it would be welcome.

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Once again the Wiltshire Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society (BCSS) will be holding their annual show on the Saturday 15th June 2019 at the Melksham Assembly Hall, The Market Place, Melksham. SN12 6ES.   The show opens at 11am until 3.30pm and it is £1 entry. We have been holding our show in Melksham for 6 years now and this has proved a wonderful venue with adequate space for all competitors plants.

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You can buy with confidence on line from Erin Bonsai pots as they are experts in packaging up your pots to send through the post. It is one of the best experiences when I have ordered bonsai pots on line from Erin Bonsai. The reason being is when the parcel arrives it takes you about twenty minutes to open it building up the anticipation of the final reveal of your newly acquired bonsai pots. Each pot is individually wrapped within a larger parcel which has at least two layers of protection.

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Visitors to the gardens were in for two additional surprises. Firstly the ‘Ice Age’ exhibits, including a giant, animatronic Woolly Mammoth in front of the band stand. Secondly, a very well curated bonsai display in the main hall. So two very different crowds to entertain. The bonsai display did seem well appreciated by the unsuspecting public. It was good to see the look of awe on some of their faces, I remember having that same feeling when I first saw bonsai on display- which by coincidence was at the same venue. 

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Again the club will be putting on a small display of trees at the Rowdeford Garden Fair 2019. It is held within the grounds of the school which is for special needs and a lovely setting. The school can be found off the A342 NW of Devizes.

A wide range of top quality trees, shrubs, perennials, alpines, climbers and exotic plants……. something for everyone.

Pictures from last years event…..
https://swindon-bonsai.co.uk/2018/04/25/rowdeford-garden-fair-2018/

Buckingham Palace

This year at our annual Winter Show we were delighted to welcome many of the members from Bonsai Club Brixen, Italy. This was orchestrated by Roland Schatzer whom I previously helped proof read the translation on his book Shohin Passion. This by the way is an excellent read, and still available in english. The club took the opportunity to do some sightseeing around London and also managed to fit in

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Tony Oswin’s first display at the Swindon Winter Image Show 2019 as a club member

Tony presented an English hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), which was collected 5 years ago, and it was in a Troll pot. Set alongside an accent also within a dragon Troll pot made by Tony.