Mark & Ritta Cooper at our show

Mark and Ritta’s Ezo Spruce on display at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Show

Mark and Ritta have some stunning trees and this year they did not disappoint with the two main exhibition trees they displayed.

The first was a Mountain Maple (Acer palmatum) from Japan that they have owned for 5 years now since 2014. It was in a Tokoname Shuho pot and had the most magnificent ramification. This tree also won best chuhin in the main competition.

The second tree was an Ezo Spruce (Picea jezoensis) also originating from Japan in a Gyozan pot, which they have owned for 6 years now since 2012 and a superb tree, displayed in style.

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Mo Fagan at our show

Larch group displayed by Mo Fagan at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show

Mo presented a Japanese larch group (Larix  kaempferi) which was constructed in around 1990 and is in a John Pitt pot and has been in Mo’s ownership for 8 years.

Raffle prizes won with delight

Fabulous collection of raffle prizes

It is with thanks that I write this post to everyone who donated a raffle prize for our Swindon Winter Image Show 2019. Congratulations to everyone who won one of the 32 prizes and who bought raffle tickets. The prizes on offer were superb from bonsai trees to hand made bonsai pots, a group wire tree set, tools, sundries and so much more, thank you again.

Raffle prize donations from:

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Accents at our show

This year the accents followed a theme as spring has come early so many bulbs were in bloom so a very colourful display of accents on show. With over 60 accents throughout the exhibition you were spoilt for choice with selecting a winner and John Trott had the difficult task for this. He sponsors the accent award and was on hand to present the award to John Pitt for his gorgeous composition accent.

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Expo Bonsai UK 2019

Not long now before the next major bonsai show in the UK on Sunday 7th April. So hopefully you are ready for another bonsai extravaganza, and a great opportunity to admire some of the UK’s finest bonsai. There will be a wide range of bonsai traders at the event too so a great bonsai shopping experience as well. Check out their website for more details.

David Johnson at our show

Display by David Johnson at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Show

David displayed an Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus antartica), which he has had from a cutting for 26 years in a Beryl Thorpe pot. He also displayed a Korean Hornbeam (Carpinus turczaninowii), that he obtained from a trader 16 years ago and it was in a Dan Barton pot.

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Beryl Thorpe at our show

Shohin display by Beryl Thorpe at the Swindon 2019 Winter Image Show

Beryl presented a four tree shohin display with three trees on a shohin display stand and one set to the right with an accompanying Davallia fern. The Elm within the display also won the Arihato award so well done Beryl.

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