It was a good bonsai show today with club displays as well as bonsai traders and demonstrations plus refreshments all at the Remembrance Hall, Charlton near Shaftesbury. The main traders were Chris Thomas, Collette, Robert Derrick of Oakfield Bonsai and Trevor. The bonsai club and societies with displays were Blackmore Vale, Staverton, Taunton and Warminster with Chris Thomas judging. The winning club display was Warminster Bonsai Club. Congratulations to everyone who was part of making the show today possible and all the hard work that goes into setting up a show. Also congratulations go to Adrian Taylor from Taunton and Blackmore Vale clubs as he had the Best in Show Bonsai tree with his Hornbeam group, on the Taunton stand. Below are a few images from the day for you to enjoy.

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Last week we had a workshop at Lee Verhorevoort Bonsai with Lee and it was superb to get his help and advice on some of our bonsai trees. He is a fantastic resource of knowledge on all things bonsai and was able to help us with our trees and provide us with ways forward on styling, branch placement and pruning techniques to help us develop our trees further. Here are a few images of the trees available for sale at his nursery, for more details on his workshops and bonsai sales contact Lee direct via his website, phone or e-mail.

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Tonight the focus was all about accents, and everyone bought in a good selection of accents for discussion and one or two club members made up some accents on the night too. Paul had also bought some spare accent plants for anyone who wanted some to have a go at making their own plus some small pots for sale. He also had some used bonsai pots that had been donated by a previous club member for anyone wanting a bonsai pot or ceramic tray. We had a Cacti and Succulent display from the Chairman, Derek May of the Wiltshire Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society (BCSS) too which was excellent. He was on hand to answer everyone’s questions about cacti and succulents and the forthcoming show this weekend in Melksham.

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This year’s display in the Great Pavilion by David Cheshire Nurseries Limited was of Japanese garden plants, Niwaki, bonsai and choice plants. David’s display was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gold Medal and some of the species included Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), a wide range of Maples including Acer palmatum dissectum, Japanese Red Pine (Pinus densiflora) and Lilac (Syringa). There was a wide variety of ferns, hostas, moss and bark also used and a bonsai Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica).

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Great to see the RHS Chelsea Flower Show back for 2022 and celebrations for Derbyshire Bonsai on their Gold Medal for their bonsai display at the show. Their display was on an oval stand design with separate viewing angles and the use of screens to provide a very clean backdrop providing a silhouette of the trees as well as framing each tree. Tree species included Japanese White Beech, Privet, Japanese White Pine, Japanese Maples, Japanese Yew, Azalea, Purple Beech, Ezo Spruce, Scots Pine, Chinese Juniper, Eleagnus, European Hornbeam, Carmona, Acacia, Chinese Elm, Hawthorn, Potentilla, Barberry and Field maple.

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