Well, it was another grand bonsai event start to 2016 with the first UK show of the season hosted by Swindon and District Bonsai Society. This year’s show was again a resounding success with over 450 attendees from visitors, traders, clubs and societies, judges, including invited guests and club members.
The set up on the Saturday was smooth and this was in part down to the efforts of the show team who have got the organization down to a fine art. The support of all the club members and their families who volunteered their time to aid with the set up though was a key factor, so thank you for everyone who helped out.
The morning of the show was also very efficient with the traders and exhibitors arranging their bonsai displays and sales areas with ease and artistry in time for the show opening at 10.30am. Thanks again go to the club members who manned the various entry tables, sales tables and carried out the necessary tasks to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The show got into full swing and by midday most of the main hall and smaller hall were full to capacity as well as a full and overflowing car park. Bonsai trees, supplies and the like where being purchased eagerly, so it looked like the traders seemed to do a roaring trade.
There was a lot of good contemplation too of the stunning bonsai displays with some very active discussion and conversations on style, form, shape and overall artistic impression.
It was also a first for Swindon Bonsai Club to test out a new approach to judging on a larger scale which is similar to the tree of the month voting system. Thanks go out to all those who aided with the organization of the judging and to Roger Gibbs of Middlesex Bonsai club for the loan of the tree numbers. In addition thanks to all the judges who took part plus the visitors who entered the public vote which was also a first at the Swindon Show.
This year the bonsai displays were again of a high standard with some stunning tokanoma displays, shohin and mame displays as well as well composed club displays.
More posts to follow on the summary of the Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show of 2016 shortly and thank you all once again for coming to the show or supporting the show.