Clive Harber club member display

Clive Harber exhibiting at Swindon 2019 Winter Image Show

Clive was exhibiting his Korean Hornbeam (Carpinus turczaninowii) this year at the show as a club member of Swindon. He has owned this tree since 2007 and it was originally bought from a bonsai trader and is now in a Japanese pot.

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Paul Bowerbank club member display

Paul Bowerbank’s Chinese Elm at this years Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show

Paul displayed a Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia), which was just starting to show the fresh green shoots of spring. It was complimented by an accent of a Davallia fern or deersfoot, hare’s foot or rabbits foot fern.

Davallia accent

Stewart Beresford at our show

Shohin display by Stewart Beresford at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show

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.

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Andy Hardman at our show

Shohin display by Andy Hardman at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Show

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).

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Alan Redford club member display

Club member display by Alan Redford

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.

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Dennis Henley club member display

Elm tree owned and displayed by club member Dennis Henley at the 2019 Swindon Show

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.

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Expo Bonsai Show 2019

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.

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Andy Jordan at our show

Andy Jordans award winning shohin display at Swindon Winter Image Show 2019

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.

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John Pitt at our show

John Pitts Mugo Pine at Swindon Winter Image Show 2019

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.

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Adrian Taylor at our show

Adrian Taylors bonsai display at the Swindon Bonsai show 2019

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.