It seemed well attended throughout the day at Bonsai in Wales this year, held in the Orangery within the beautiful gardens of Tredegar House, Newport. There was a good dose of Yew and Hawthorn on display and Kevin Wilson was demonstrating on a very large piece of yamadori.
At our last club meeting Reg Bolton shared a few slides of our club’s exhibits since its inception – you can find these details about our history here. These photos reveal the initial, more experimental displays in the Swindon club’s development.
Pictures taken at Salisbury Bonsai Society’s show at the Salisbury Auction Centre. Demonstrations with Peter Chan, John Trott and Manuel Gonzales. Additional traders included Brian Mackichan and Gordon Duffett. I’m pleased to announce Swindon took the best display in show title.
If you like your Azaleas or Pines then you should have been here, there was also an inspiring display on show in the Bonsai museum, ‘t Veerle Bonsai Centre, Belgium. The trees were incredible and coupled with some top quality Koi fish on display this was a great weekend. Rene Lococq had a stand selling some of his eye-catching pots alongside a new talent competition.
The Wessex Bonsai Society hosted yet another excellent show for 2012 and there were some great trees on display within their own members sections as well as within the open competition and also from visiting clubs, societies and traders. Wessex have a very active
Prunus mume (Japanese apricot or Chinese Plum) is often over looked, not just as a bonsai but as a plant or tree in the UK. This is one of my favourite times of year. The annual winter show has been and gone and everyone is busy repotting for the upcoming season. This is a frantic time of activity as the days start to get lighter again.
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