We enjoyed another visit to Stourhead, unofficially regarded as the National Trust’s flagship property. Made just a little more famous by Head Gardener, Alan Power annually appearing on BBC Radio 4 to describe the autumn colour. We took the long route, leaving the gardens behind and making our way through the rest of the estate and grounds finding some mature Beech avenues and woodlands, as well as some fascinating really old re-trenching Oaks.
Stourbridge bonsai society’s show is potentially one of the last bonsai shows of this year on Sunday 17th November 2019. So if you still want to get out and see bonsai then it is well worth a visit and you can also stock up on bonsai pots in preparation for your re-potting or future bonsai display pots as Dragonfly Bonsai pots by Graham Simpson will be there again for the third time now.
Today we had a workshop with Lee Verhorevoort of LV Bonsai and it was a great opportunity to get advice on your bonsai trees and work on their development. Lee also brought some trees and bonsai sundries to the workshop and many club members added to their collections.
This year was the 10th Heathrow Bonsai Show and wow what a vibe and great bonsai event and still growing year on year, where everyone is welcome and the atmosphere was alive with bonsai chatter.
This year Dave Jones of Walsall Studio Ceramics came down to run a pottery workshop at Swindon Bonsai Club, hosted by Reg Bolton. A great day was had by all and we now await the finished pots later in the year.
Tonights club night was a celebration of club members trees through photography and a big thank you to Andy Bray for providing some of the images from the night.
This year was another great bonsai display in the woodland at Zions Hill Copse, Chandlers Ford at the Test Valley Borough Council annual Woodfair. The bonsai display was again set up by Solent Bonsai society and supported by members of the club.