Stewart this year presented a very neat shohin display made up of four fantastic trees and a tiny fern accent. The display was beautiful, clean and simple and well balanced with some very high quality bonsai trees to enjoy up close and set on a wonderful root stand and within a delicate shohin display stand.
Andy’s shohin display was a three-tree display with two accompanying accents. It presented a light and well-balanced image with good levels of diversity and interest with a flowering Cherry (Prunus incisa kojo-no-mai) in full bloom on a delicate cascade stand. With the Juniper (Juniperus) and Elm (Ulmus) were Grape hyacinths (Muscari).
This year was the first year for Alan to put on a bonsai display as a club member and he presented his Japanese larch (larix kaempferi). He has grown it from seed for the past 15 years and it is in a brown slipware pot. To accompany the larch was an English Elm, which he has grown from a cutting for 13 years.
His second display contained a common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), which he has grown from seed from 15 years ago which is also in a brown slipware pot.
Dennis is one of Swindons long standing club members and he presented a superb Elm tree, which was in a Walsall ceramics pot. He has been working with this tree for 25 years and it has some excellent ramification. He also set up a collection of his Elms with some hand made wooden accent holders, which were very unique.
This was the 2nd Expo Bonsai Show on Sunday 7th April and again it was a superb show with a new selection of bonsai trees on display for everyone to enjoy. Well done to Steve Hale and the whole team who have excelled themselves again with putting together another successful bonsai show.
Andy displayed a stunning collection of six shohin trees, five within a shohin display stand and a Juniper set off to the left with an accent. All the trees in the display were excellent quality and the range of species provided a good level of interest and diversity. A well deserved award for Best Shohin display Andy.
Thank you once again to our Show Sponsor John Pitt who has supported our show for many years as a trader, exhibitor and sponsor. He also is always on hand for the set up and an active support on the day presenting the awards.
This year he was however on the receiving end of the awards and scoped none other than 4 awards for Best Overall Display in the show, Best Evergreen tree, Best Tree / Pot combination and also Best Accent, so many congratulations.
A new exhibitor for this year was Adrian with his yamadori Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris). It was in a pot made by Erin pots and he has owned it for 5 years now. It was accompanied by a yamadori Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) in a pot made by Tony Oswin of Troll pots and he has owned it for 20 years.
Martin this year exhibited a Deshojo maple (Acer palmatum ‘deshojo’) in a tokonoma pot, which he has owned and developed for the past 10 years after it was imported from Japan.
It was a really privilege to see Ritta’s mame display, such compact, well developed trees displayed so well and to such a high standard.
The whole display had a natural balance and harmony and each tree was able to shine as well as compliment the whole display. Definitely an award winning display and well deserved Ritta.
The 6 tree display composition consisted of a Juniperus chinensis “Itoigawa”, Ligustrum obtusifolium, Pinus thunbergii, Ulmus parvifolia, Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Sekka” and a Trachelospermum asiaticum.