The Independent at our Winter Show

Sally May and Hornbeam

The Independent newspaper are running an article on Bonsai enthusiasts in the UK. You may have noted if you were at our winter show this year, Dan Burn-Forti a freelance photographer was taking portraits for the piece and they’ve come out just great. The article is in today’s paper, I recommend you grab

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Lodders Bonsai, Holland trip

Korean Hornbeam

This was our sixth visit to HOKA-EN Bonsai studio also known as Lodders in Holland and once again we were stunned at the superb quality and choice of Bonsai trees for sale. It takes considerable time just to assess the range of Bonsai trees on offer and to pick

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January 2012 club night

 

The tree of the month competition was well attended and the winner goes to Paul Bowerbank this month for his Siberian Elm. In second place was a beautiful Larch from Dennis Henly and in joint third were a Yew that belongs to Mike Partridge and a Cork Bark Elm of Derek May. There was a good range of species entered beyond the winning trees including a Ficus, Serissa, Zelkova, Privet, Hornbeam, Ivy and Juniper.

This year kicked off with a review and discussion of last year’s events with a slide show of photographs of bonsai trees at various shows. Details and developments of our upcoming Winter Show were also discussed, anybody who has ever organised an event such as this will know the level of planning and detail that you have to go into just to make it work. We have all been putting a good deal of thought and effort to ensure that this year, our tenth anniversary is a special event for everyone.

Heathrow Bonsai Show 2011

The judging of this show took an unusual format – visitors were provided with a voting slip and asked to nominate a numbered tree worthy of winning. I think anyone who has been to a bonsai show and questioned the judge’s decision might think this of this as a good idea. I will have to report back to let you know who has won.

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Bonsai World 2011

Bonsai World 2011

All credit to Sussex Bonsai Society, this was a good size show, enough to fulfill the appetite of even the most discerning enthusiast.

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BonsaiTechno

http://www.bonsai-techo.jp/

We recently received an email from Bonsai Techno, based out of Tokyo looking to expand their network. They are mostly concerned with constructing modern bonsai. Having looked at the site I could not simply leave it at placing a URL on our Links page as the site is both beautifully crafted and contains some fantastic articles on making mini bonsai. I particularly enjoyed ‘How to make mini bonsai beech’ and ‘How to make a moss garden’

You’ll find them at http://www.bonsai-techo.jp/ 

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July Tree of the Month

1st place: Musk Maple 'Premna Microphylla' BB

1st place: Musk Maple 'Premna Microphylla' BB

A change from the usual format, Tree of the Month has been separated from Malcolm Hughe’s talk for your special delectation. Enjoy

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John Armitage workshop

John Armitage

John Armitage is somewhat of a celebrity in the bonsai world and quite rightly so, his advice is always carefully considered and well placed. The club has had a few workshops with John, the reason we keep having them is because the club always gets a lot out of them and this time was no exception.

The highlight of today for me was

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