We enjoyed another visit to Stourhead, unofficially regarded as the National Trust’s flagship property. Made just a little more famous by Head Gardener, Alan Power annually appearing on BBC Radio 4 to describe the autumn colour. We took the long route, leaving the gardens behind and making our way through the rest of the estate and grounds finding some mature Beech avenues and woodlands, as well as some fascinating really old re-trenching Oaks.
Chris is always fun to work with, this time no different. He shares a really positive attitude about getting the most out of time and material. Club members brought in their bonsai that they were either having difficulty making decisions with; or just needed a bit of help with.
A forthcoming exhibition on the 18th August 2019 held at Failand Village Hall, Bristol. Only trees that have originated from British stock will be considered (for example from seed, cuttings, air-layers, division, British yamadori etc). The Bristol Bonsai Society will be offering cash prizes to the value of £100, £50 and £25 for the 3 most liked trees as voted by anyone attending the event. Admission to the event is free but if you’d like to make a donation it would be welcome.
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.