What another great Heathrow bonsai show, the 8th one and all credit to everyone who was involved in the show right from the initial preparation through to end result. There was a buzz from the outset with car parks over flowing with traders and exhibitors just before 8am and the high levels of activity continued throughout with over 450 visitors. The atmosphere was fun and friendly with bonsai talk on going in everywhere.

John Hanby demonstration

There was so much to see and do all day but many took time out from viewing the exhibits and shopping for bonsai to watch the demonstrations by John Hanby which were very useful and informative.

Traders at the Show

The range of traders this year would not have left anyone disappointed, there was so much to see and buy that whatever you were looking for it was there to be had. Some superb trees on sale as well as stunning bonsai pots and all the accessories you could want. Below is a selection of the 29 traders and there will be a follow up post with more details of the traders shortly.

British suiseki club display

If you wanted to diversity your hobby then you also got a chance to see some fine suiseki on display from the British suiseki club and even buy some too from David Sampson of Fine Japanese suiseki.

Club displays

Wow were there some bonsai trees on display this year or what. It was incredible the diversity of trees, number of trees and quality of trees for everyone to enjoy that were exhibited by so many bonsai clubs from throughout the UK. It shows that bonsai as a hobby is alive and doing well and also that there is so much talent out their at club level it is excellent. More detailed posts to follow on each individual club display over the coming days to feast your eyes on for anyone who couldn’t make the show. Their were a massive 365 trees being shown from 35 clubs and societies with 165 club members exhibiting their trees which is amazing.

Poppy Appeal Raffle Prize

Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket and congratulations to the lucky winner of this superb Remembrance pot designed by Andrew Pearson of Stone Monkey Ceramics which has raised funds for a well deserved charity of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The winner of the RBL raffle was Clive Osborne of Swindon Bonsai Society.

A massive thank you also goes to Mark and MingChen Moreland and without their passion and enthusiasm for bonsai none of this would have been possible. Look out already for next years show on the 21st October 2018 and if you can’t wait their is another show at the same venue on the 8th April 2018 called ExpoBonsai UK. If that is not soon enough the pop along to the Swindon Winter Image Show on the 25th February 2018.