It was great to be able to attend the LodderBonsai Open House weekend in March in Utrecht in Holland this year, and it was a good opportunity to catch up with friends and talk bonsai for a whole weekend. As part of the open house weekend celebrations, there was a superb bonsai display, bonsai traders, demonstrations by Peter Chan and Jan Culek and so much more. I will set out the photos from the event in a series of posts of the highlights from the weekend.

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LodderBonsai is a large bonsai nursery located in Utrecht Holland. It is owned and run by Gerrit Lodder and a great team of staff who are incredibly knowledgeable on all things bonsai and who helped to run the open weekend. The nursery is enormous and all under cover in a series of interconnecting greenhouses which are kept at various temperatures depending on which bonsai trees are being kept in them. It has been a great place to visit and we have been visiting since around 2006. The main loading area is cavernous and this is where the invited bonsai traders set up for the open weekend. There are so many offering amazing products for sale from hand-painted scrolls, mini and mame bonsai, handmade bonsai ceramics, bronzes, mini koi, accent plants, yamadori, bonsai tools and every accessory who would need for bonsai as well as garden ornaments.

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Lodders show 2018

Here is the latest list of Bonsai Events in the UK, compiled by UKBA.

07-08May23 Sun & Mon (Confirmed)
The South West Bonsai Show
Sponsored by FoBBS
RHS Rosemoor Gardens,
Torrington, North Devon. EX38 8PH.
Adm: tbc. Times: 1000-1800.hrs.
Contact: Nigel Wright 07974.998032

13-14May23 Sat & Sun (Confirmed)
Greenwood Spring Bonsai Bash 

Greenwood Bonsai Studio,
Ollerton Road, Arnold, Nottingham. NG5 8PR.
Adm: Free. Times: 1000-1700.hrs
Contact: Corin Tomlinson 0115.9205757

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Good traders are a big part of the ‘Winter Image’ show, early in the year, it’s a good place to stock up with things for the coming months. The traders seemed to all be doing brisk trade and hopefully went home with increased profits. A huge thank you to all that attended, without you we would only have half a show. [Photos courtesy of a friend to the club BM] Sorry for anyone missed.

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The Swindon backdrops have to be dismantled and stored, so consist of wooden posts and cloth. A few fabulous trees, meticulously prepared for exhibition were spoilt by their placement in front of posts. The table layout and 6 foot wide cloths lend itself to tokonoma displays within the area given. Something to consider for future shows.

Surrey Heath Bonsai Society

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Best Overall Display

The judges this year were Steve McKee and Caz Bonsai who had travelled all the way down south to officiate. Both were displaying fantastic trees but these were not judged and marked on their table species label.

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I wouldn’t want to lift it!!

The quality of trees at the Swindon ‘Winter Image’ show was exceptional this year. There were trees from all abilities but all were beautifully presented for display. Lots of thought had gone into accents and scrolls to compliment the overall tokonoma. The Swindon club were joined by 90 club members/traders and Invited Exhibitors to ensure that the 400 visitors could enjoy the show. Lots of quality goods were purchased and even more photographs were taken. Thank you to all those who donated to the raffle. I am still sorting through over 300 photos and more will be added later and the winning trees under a separate post. Thanks go to Andy/Mandy for exceptional photographs considering the problems we had with lighting.


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