10th anniversary of the Zen Bonsai Club and upcoming bonsai show in Neuville St Remy, north France. 22nd & 23rd April 2017
This was a busy show. Visitors were streaming through the door constantly all day at Sutton’s Show. This is an excellent time of year to hold a show. All the trees are pushing hard, the foliage looks fresh or the buds are swelling and the trees looks full of promise.
We can’t label this one as tree of the month because this month we had our annual meeting and a chat. But as usual at this time of year, lots of trees are looking great. So the majority of members could not resist bringing things in;
Held in a woodland, the event was free for all to enjoy. There was much on offer from wood turners to tree surgeon demonstrations, bush crafts, falconry, food and bonsai! I really enjoyed Alex Metcalf’s tree listening installation he set up using technology he has designed himself, he educates and brings awareness on tree biology and the mechanics of how it works.
Along with Collette Harrison – Bonsai Trees Southampton, Solent Bonsai Society were invited to the fair to display their trees. It made a real change to see the trees in the natural woodland setting rather than on tables with cloths, scrolls etc. I would definitely like to see more of this sort of thing; even the weather managed to hold off the rain until the last moment.
Thanks to everyone at Test Valley Borough Council for all the work building, organising and managing the day. A lot of people got a good amount out of it.