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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Terry Adams has been presented the Federation of British Bonsai (FoBBS) Award for distinguished service to the Art, Craft and Science of Bonsai.
He is a well established bonsai artist and renowned for his dedication and attention to detail with the development of his trees. Many of his trees are then displayed at all the main Bonsai events throughout the Southern part of England, Wales and Europe.
He has also been a great promoter of British native trees as bonsai and has demonstrated a great flare for his artistic representation of actual trees in nature. He has then taken his study of trees in nature, to a new level by giving instructional lectures on the subject. Some of his tree histories are under the Members tree section on this site and are worth a look, particularly his Gray Alder, which he grew from seed about 25 years ago.
He now joins Reg Bolton [Swindon Hon Club President] in this accolade and deservedly so. He is now a lifelong member of FoBBS.
Unfortunately, Terry was away in America when Reg attended an RHS function in London towards the end of March 2011 and collected the ‘Holford Gold medal’ on behalf of the Federation of British bonsai for their bonsai display at Chelsea in 2010.