Visitors to the gardens were in for two additional surprises. Firstly the ‘Ice Age’ exhibits, including a giant, animatronic Woolly Mammoth in front of the band stand. Secondly, a very well curated bonsai display in the main hall. So two very different crowds to entertain. The bonsai display did seem well appreciated by the unsuspecting public. It was good to see the look of awe on some of their faces, I remember having that same feeling when I first saw bonsai on display- which by coincidence was at the same venue.
This year at our annual Winter Show we were delighted to welcome many of the members from Bonsai Club Brixen, Italy. This was orchestrated by Roland Schatzer whom I previously helped proof read the translation on his book Shohin Passion. This by the way is an excellent read, and still available in english. The club took the opportunity to do some sightseeing around London and also managed to fit in
We were delighted to be asked to present our Bonsai at a Japanese themed evening, promoting the launch of the new Lexus UX Hybrid. There was plenty of entertainment on offer.
We are super-excited to have been invited to a prestigious local event. Fish Brothers Swindon are holding a Japanese themed entertainment evening of drinks, sushi and other festivities on Thursday 28th March at 7.30pm. Lexus are launching a new vehicle and we’ve been asked along to display our bonsai also including:
- Hop Kettle Brewery
- Light Mapping display
- Charity raffle – supporting Brighter Futures
- Twilight trees
This unique pot was made by Stone Monkey and I am sure that everyone will want to own it. This special commemorative pot for Armistice Day will be travelling with him at each of the bonsai shows that he will be attending this year. He will be selling raffle tickets at £3 each and all monies received will be donated to the Royal British Legion. Stone Monkey will be trading at our show this Sunday and the raffle will then be drawn later on in the year at Heathrow Bonsai Show on the 20th of October 2019.
Gerrit Lodder has kindly supplied prizes for the raffle at our annual show next weekend. They have supported our endeavours for a number of years now and have provided some great prizes, so turn up and buy a ticket. Then you’ll be in with a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes.
The recent auction at Heathrow also contained a mini Suiseki show.
Included in the entry ticket price to the recent bonsai auction at Heathrow presented by the UK Bonsai Association was a Mame show. Always good to see some smaller bonsai, usually dwarfed by their fellow bigger trees at shows and overlooked; the artistry and difficulty is by no means any less.
We love taking about the weather here in the UK, it is practically a national pastime. I am going to elaborate a little into bonsai, I think it is important to talk about failures, as well as successes. Hopefully we can learn from these experiences and improve. A really important part of bonsai culture is observation. But sometimes things are beyond control. I have always had a thing for Prunus mume, Japanese Apricot or Ume.