Magical Accent Show at Failands

Well it was certainly a different show. Helped by the lovely warm weather. It was a first in the UK and Europe, so was a bit of a gamble, I for one really enjoyed the day and took away so many ideas for my own collection.

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Chelsea Flower Show 2012 – ‘GOLD’

Chelsea Gold 2012

Gold again at Chelsea Flower Show – well done Reg, Hon Club President and his team on the 5th gold medal on the trot. The display included three trees from other exhibitors on the FOBBS stand, all the other trees are from the Swindon Club.

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Noelanders Show 2012

Juniperus chinensis

Best in Show – Juniperus chinensis

After a trip down to Folkestone, an overnight stay and an early morning, [even Paul H didn’t manage to get his cooked breakfast] it was onto the train and in about 30 mins we were in France. Unfortunately, the weather decided to turn very wet and with the other traffic on the E40 you could only just see the front of the car bonnet. Into Belgium and by then Paul’s stomach was making funny noises so it was a quick pit stop and then onto the venue.

Everything was in full swing when we got there so it was a case of placing out the Swindon trees and then trying to get them photographed, the traders were buzzing around like bees round honey. What a place and some of those trees, would give you a hernia trying to lift them.

The next day was very wet but didn’t stop a big crowd from viewing the trees, it was difficult to find an area where you could photograph them. The traders areas were even worse, and by the time you had made your way to the end, you couldn’t get back again. Still it didn’t stop sales being made. The trouble was excactly what do you buy first.

Luckily in the afternoon it thinned out a bit so that we could manage to see the trees, trouble was that I was so busy trying to get a good picture I couldn’t remember looking at the trees themselves.

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Accents & Kusamono at the ‘Winter Show 2012’ by Ritta Cooper

Ritta giving a previous presentation

Ritta is well known for her accent plantings and Kusamono.

An example of Kusamono

During the show she will be making a presentation which will cover everything you need to know on the subject.

Ritta attended the Swindon Club in Aug 2011 and gave an interesting talk, after which, club members constructed some of their own. For a copy of the report see

One not to miss for ideas, especially in the run up to the Magical Bonsai Accents show on Sunday the 27th May 2012, at Failand Village Hall, Nr Bristol

Ritta, together with her husband Mark, have a lovely collection of bonsai and some of them will be on display in the main display hall.

Tree Clinic at ‘Winter show 2012’ by John Armitage

John working on his little tree at last years show

For a number of years, John has kindly conducted a workshop and demonstration of his trees, at the Swindon ‘Winter Image’ show.

At the next show on Sunday, the 19th Feb 2012, he is also doing a tree clinic for anyone who wants to discuss their trees or any problems they are having. He will also be working on some of his little trees.

John has been interested in bonsai since a young age and in 2007 he trained in Japan.   He has collected many awards for his trees and is well known for his lovely shohin.


More is explained on his blog at 

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Queens Park family fun day

Queens Park Family Fun Day

Another good day was spent at Queens Park, Swindon on Sunday the 24th July made even better with the improved weather. It saw the best attended fun day since it has started.

The small marquee was used and manned by

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Update on our Winter Show 2012


As part of our 10th Anniversary year celebrations, the Swindon & District Bonsai Society are pleased to announce that at our 2012 Winter Image show, to be held on the 19th February, will feature an exciting new exhibit Section.

This special exhibit section of the show will be organised in conjunction with the British Shohin Association (BSA), and will feature a top class Shohin and Mame Bonsai display show and competition, featuring some of the best Shohin Bonsai in the UK.

There will be no single trees exhibits, and all displays will contain a minimum of two trees. This competition will be open to BSA members and non-members alike. All the exhibit tables will be pre-prepared, fully covered and complete with background screens to ensure a consistent high standard of display throughout. Trophies will be awarded for the Best Shohin display and also the Best Mame display.

Please send details of each of the display(s) that you’d like to submit for consideration for entry into the show to the Chairman, Paul at as soon as possible please, and no later than the 1st December 2011.

The details you need to submit for each display are:-

  • a photograph of the whole display
  • details of each of the tree species and height from soil level
  • overall width of the whole display in cm.

NB Please note that as a guide the Mame size limit will be approximately 10cm from soil surface and the Shohin size limit will be approximately 25cm from soil surface.

Also new for this show will be a separate hall for demonstrations and lectures. We have already enlisted Tony Tickle (Creating a show Escallonia), John Armitage (Shohin Clinic) and Ritta Cooper (Accent plants and Kusamono etc.) and there will be more to follow. Further announcements will be made as more activities are confirmed. We will also publish a list of the top UK traders who will be attending, and we plan to have a larger number and greater variety of traders than in previous years.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

New Club Trees


Juniper in May 2011

In April 2011, the club was contacted by a lady from Cirencester who was trying to find a buyer for three of her late father’s bonsai trees. 

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