Following the very successful UKBA bonsai display at the Hyper Japan Festival in London last year, contact was made with representatives of the Japanese Embassy in London. Through them a link to a bonsai master in Japan was arranged. It is hoped to have a pre recorded link running during the show in a side room of the centre between the times of 1pm – 3pm. We had hoped that this would be live to Japan but various things have prevented this. This will feature Mr Ryuichi Kitadani, a 4th Generation Bonsai Garden owner in Japan, He also has many videos on Youtube. The room being used will be signed and is located near the centre main reception desk. There is no charge and included in the show entry, just remember the raffle takes place about 2pm.

NO……………… it’s not the HUGE pot in the photo. Kindly donated to the show raffle is this unique opportunity of a pottery workshop to make a coiled bonsai pot with Dan Barton………. Bonsai Artist and Ceramics Expert. [BUT not as big as the photo]……………….. For a chance to win the workshop or other prizes, you need to purchase raffle tickets available on the day of the show. Other prizes will include a number of bonsai tools and accessories.

Many of Dan’s ceramic pots can be seen on his web site……………..

Post Christmas and New Year, we’re back with a workshop. There is much formative work to be done around this time of year whether it is pruning back hard deciduous plants, or wiring into shape. Analysing bonsai in winter helps to sort out and set branch structure more easily.

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Our December meetings are centred around a social and nibbles — a chance to reflect on the last and discuss the year ahead. The winner was presented this evening with our raffled Mugo Pine, donated by the family of Ann Freeman. £340 was raised, the proceeds going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Our November meeting kicked off with Amelia giving a short talk on winter protection. This is a hot topic if you’ll pardon the turn of phrase, the long hot summer coupled with a period of extremely cold weather has led to many experienced UK bonsai enthusiasts having trees that didn’t recover through the following spring.

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There is lots of autumn colour out there and should make the next ”Tree of the Month” at the November meeting very interesting.