Today Salisbury Bonsai Club celebrated 30 years of bonsai with friends and fellow bonsai enthusiasts and hosted their anniversary show. There were two bonsai styling demonstrations performed by Malcolm Driffield who was able to step in at short notice for both sessions, so thank you Malcolm. Plus an auction run by Chris Thomas, a raffle and some great bonsai displays from Salisbury Bonsai Club and visiting clubs and societies. 

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Salisbury Bonsai Club have invited Swindon together with other clubs/societies to attend their 30th Anniversary Show which will be opened by Chris Thomas and Judged by Peter Chan.

John Trott, [https://www.mendipbonsai.co.uk/] Mendip Bonsai Studio followed on from a very busy time of year, a ‘Gold’ Medal at the “Chelsea Flower Show” and then the Bath and West Show and the Cornwall Show. John attended the NEC Birmingham for the Gardeners World Live show 2018 with a lovely display of all Azalea’s except the accent plants. He was voted as the………… Geoff Hamilton Award – Best in Show.

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The Wiltshire Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society (BCSS) hosted their annual show this weekend in Melksham and it was a great success. I was fortunate to win the two classes I entered with my Fockea edulis and Plectranthus ernstii and there were so many wonderful and diverse species of cacti and succulent it was great to see. We also have Warminster Bonsai Club who set up a bonsai display plus Parnham Bungalow Plants and other traders. A great day was had by all and a special congratulations to Derek May for all his hard work organising the show, John Foster for judging and everyone at the Wiltshire Branch who supported helped too.

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Tonights club night was ferns with Steve Mckee and it was informative, fun and refreshing to hear how Steve collects, propagates and grows his ferns. He was able to provide useful insights into the growing of ferns and use of them as accents. He has been successful with a range of species and enjoys expanding his collection. He tends to treat them in a similar way to bonsai with pruning to aid with leaf size reduction and feeding using tomorite. Not all ferns he has found are hardy to his cost so he is now cautious and provides winter protection for most of his ferns.

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