Fun, friendly, full on and fantastic describe this years 9th Heathrow Show, it was excellent again and great to be a part of. There were so many different species of trees, shapes, sizes and styles to suit everyones tastes and provide a whole day of bonsai tree gazing. Having such diversity also meant lots of great bonsai discussions to be had. As usual this was the place to be to not only see bonsai but also to buy bonsai as well given the array of bonsai accessories, everything you could ever need or want under one roof.
The workshop at swindon with the excellent Lee Verhorevoort Bonsai was well attended , we had twelve members , all with trees of all different, shapes, sizes, that needed expert advice. Some of us were lucky to get away with little or no wiring, some had planned ahead and some not so lucky. We all had a very good time and all the trees looked vastly different, in a good way at the end of the day. Thank you to Mandy for bringing her very tasty cakes along, and Diane for the biscuits.
Great talk from Mark Kerry tonight on Junipers, a wealth of knowledge and good information was provided with a follow up demonstration on pruning junipers and discussion on the junipers brought in by club members.
Back in March 2017 we decided as a club to purchase a number of small Chinese Elms in order that anyone wanting to join in could have one of the small trees and see what they could do with it as a project. We all started with the same species, size and rough style of tree and they were all catalogued and photographed by Derek for reference as time goes on. The aim was to see what different approaches club members would do with their Elm trees and how they responded to the various techniques and different feeding regimes that would be used. It has only been a year but the results so far have been fascinating. Further updates to follow of each tree and its development for 2019.
The annual Test Valley Wood Fair held in the woods down in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire on Saturday 1st September 2018 was again a great success and the third year for having a bonsai display in the woods. Eastleigh and Solent Bonsai Societies put on the display of their bonsai trees and they were admired by all who came to the free community event. Collette from Southampton Bonsai was also present for anyone who wanted to start the hobby of bonsai. It is a great family event and there is so much to see and do all day it is well worth a visit.
Mark Moreland kindly compiles the UK Bonsai Shows diary and here is the latest series of dates and advance notice of up and coming bonsai shows for you to schedule in to your calendar. If you wish to add or change any info contact Mark Moreland on 07850771201 or email: email@example.com
Tonights club night was a buzz with pruning, everyone bought in their bonsai trees to work on and there was a hive of activity and discussion throughout the evening on pruning techniques, styling and how everyone was coping with keeping up watering in this heat wave.
Hope you have your table booked if you are planning on selling any bonsai or bonsai related items at the up coming Bonsai Tree Sale on Sunday 29th July 2018 at Staverton Club, Trowbridge, BA14 6PA. Below are a few images from last years successful bonsai tree sale and contact Tony Oswin for more details on 07776338899 or to book your pitch. If you are wanting to come along to buy bonsai then the sales start at 10am until 4pm but come early to get a bargain. Parking is available on site as well as refreshments and make sure you look around the whole site area as there will be more traders than previously to visit and buy lots from, so hope to see you there.