Our first post in a series in the lead up to the 2017 Swindon Winter Image Show on the 26th February is thanks to Harry Harrington of Bonsai4me

Harry will be displaying two trees at the Swindon Winter Image show and the first tree is a Ligustrum ovalifolium (Privet) Bonsai. It’s height is 15″/37cm and it is planted in a pot by Victor Harris of Erin Pottery.

This tree features on the front cover and inside of his book “Bonsai Inspirations 1“. This tree and a number of other stumps came from a hedge on the England/Wales border (in Shropshire) that had to be grubbed-up to make way for building work in August 2004. The tree had been part of a hedge running alongside an old school in Shrewsbury for decades and survived demolition of the school to make way for a new housing estate in the 1970’s.

The second tree Harry will be displaying is an Ulmus minor (English or Field Elm) that is 17″/42cm in height and planted in a pot by Victor Harris of Erin Pottery.

It was developed from a branch airlayered in the wild in 2004, this Elm has been featured in his books “Bonsai Inspirations 1” and “The Foundations of Bonsai“. The original Elm, from which this was airlayered, grows outside a 700 year old farm in the Greater Manchester area where it had been planted to provide an annual crop of wood for the farm for centuries.

Thank you Harry for your article and we look forward to seeing you and your trees at the show in February.