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.

Martin Shepherd at our show

Martin Shepherds Deshojo maple at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Show

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.

Ritta Cooper at our show

Ritta Coopers award winning Mame display at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image Show

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.

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John Armitage at our show

Johns Kifu display at the Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show 2019

John set up a Kifu display that included a Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis itoigawa). It originated from Japan and was in a Walsall pot and he has owned it for 11 years.

As part of the same display he had a Spindle (Euonymus spp.) also from Japan in a Housen pot.

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Traders at our show

Thank you again to all the bonsai traders who came to this years Swindon Winter Image Show, it was a great day we thank you for all your support and look forward to seeing you again next year on Sunday 23rd February 2020.

·      Windybank

·      David Jones of Walsall Studio Ceramics

·      Lee Verhorevoort Bonsai

·      John Trott of Mendip Bonsai Studios

·      Chris Thomas

·      Corin Tomlinson Greenwood Bonsai Studio

·      Dan Butler of Wood & Clay

·      Tony Remington Studio

·      Dan Barton of Esoteric Pots

·      David Sampson of Fine Japanese Suiseki

·      Gordon Duffett

·      Simon Haddon of Suteki

·      Mark Kennerley of Green Dragon Bonsai

·      Graham Simpson of Dragonfly Bonsai pots

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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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