Tonights club night we were fortunate to have an evening dedicated to Maples (Acers) and a brilliant presentation by Mark Kerry providing some very informative tips and methods for getting the most out of your maples. It was then followed by a more detailed look at some of the Club members own maple bonsai with Mark offerings advice on their development.

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You can buy with confidence on line from Erin Bonsai pots as they are experts in packaging up your pots to send through the post. It is one of the best experiences when I have ordered bonsai pots on line from Erin Bonsai. The reason being is when the parcel arrives it takes you about twenty minutes to open it building up the anticipation of the final reveal of your newly acquired bonsai pots. Each pot is individually wrapped within a larger parcel which has at least two layers of protection.

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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. 

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Again the club will be putting on a small display of trees at the Rowdeford Garden Fair 2019. It is held within the grounds of the school which is for special needs and a lovely setting. The school can be found off the A342 NW of Devizes.

A wide range of top quality trees, shrubs, perennials, alpines, climbers and exotic plants……. something for everyone.

Pictures from last years event…..
https://swindon-bonsai.co.uk/2018/04/25/rowdeford-garden-fair-2018/

Buckingham Palace

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

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Tony Oswin’s first display at the Swindon Winter Image Show 2019 as a club member

Tony presented an English hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), which was collected 5 years ago, and it was in a Troll pot. Set alongside an accent also within a dragon Troll pot made by Tony.

White Pine displayed by Terry Adams at this years Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show

Terry had a series of trees in this years Winter Image Show including a White Pine (Pinus parviflora Zuisho) which was imported in 2007 and in a Chinese pot and Terry has owned and developed this tree for 11 years. 

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Clive Knights Korean hornbeam on display at Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show 2019

Clive who is a more recent member of Swindon and also the Chairman of Warminster Bonsai put on a display with his Korean Hornbeam (Carpinus
turczaninowii) which he has been developing for the past year. It was in a Japanese pot, accompanied by a scroll and accent.

English Elm owned and displayed by Reg Bolton at Swindon 2019

This year Reg had two trees on display; they were an English Elm (Ulmus procera) which he collected 21 years ago and in a Walsall ceramics pot. The density of the fine branches provides a very highly ramified crown which Reg has worked hard to develop through time and technique. It is great to see an English Elm as a bonsai looking very natural in form. It originates in creation by Reg following from the time when Dutch Elm disease caused the loss of so many majestic Elm trees from our countryside.

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Today was the first day for everyone to have an opportunity to view and buy the new bonsai stock that Lee has bought in from Japan for 2019 after being through quarantine plus rigorous testing and checks by the plant health governing authorities for the past few weeks / months.

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