This year our Winter Image Show was sponsored by John Pitt and he also put on a stunning display at the show too of three of his amazing Blackthorns (Prunus spinosa). They are all crafted from collected material (Yamadori) from various mountainous regions of Wales and he collected them around 18 years ago and the ramification he has achieved on them is exquisite.

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Winning accent by Ian Warhurst of Wirral Bonsai Society

There were a range of fabulous accents on display at our show and here is a brief gallery showing some of them that I captured on the day…

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The following collection of images were all taken at our Winter Image Show and are the individual elements of the superb Shohin and Mame displays. I have tried to include at least one tree or more from each display so  you can see the trees up close and personal and they are in no particular order.

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Here are details of the visiting clubs and societies that attend our winter image show…

Artistic Bonsai Circle

Artistic Bonsai Circle

  • Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese Cedar)
  • Zelkova serrata (Japanese Zelkova)
  • Ulmus parvifolia ‘Corticosa’ (Cork Bark Elm)
  • Potentilla spp.
  • Chaenomeles japonica ‘Chojubai’ (Japanese Qunice)
  • Juniperus chinensis  (Chinese Juniper)
  • Acer palmatum ‘Deshojo’ (Deshojo Maple)

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Here are links to two short videos that have been uploaded to youtube that show a brief tour of some of the trees that were on display at our 10th Anniversary Winter Image Show, hope you enjoyed the show for all those who visited it and hope those that didn’t can get a flavour from the video clips.

This year there was a new exhibit at our show and it was the Shohin and Mame displays in association with the British Shohin Association. There were some great trees on display and the winner for the Best Mame display went to Bob Bailey of Swindon & District Bonsai Society, while the Best Shohin display went to Mark and Ritta Cooper.

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Chris Thomas show walk about

What a busy show, we had over 400 visitors to our show and it was a fun packed day with much to see and discuss. Following an early start finishing off all the preparations for the show with the rest of the other visiting societies and traders, the show was officially opened by the Mayor. The show then was open to the public and within the first half an hour over 200 visitors had come through the doors.

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Here are the award winning trees and displays from the show…

Best in Show tree

Best in Show tree went to Mark Cooper for his Trident Maple

Swindon & District Bonsai Society Winter image show 2012 results

  • Best Shohin display* was by Mark & Ritta Cooper
  • Best Mame display* was by Bob Bailey
  • Best Conifer* was the Chinese Juniper that was owned by Martin Martin Shepperd
  • Best Deciduous* tree was the Trident Maple by Mark Cooper
  • Best Chuhin* was the Elm of Will Baddeley
  • Best Visiting Society* was the Artistic Bonsai Circle
  • Best Accent sponsord by John Trott was by Ian Warhurst from Wirral Bonsai Society
  • Best in Show* was the Trident Maple of Mark Cooper
  • Best Tree/Pot combination was the Pyracantha by Mark Cooper
  • Best individual Shohin award from the British Shohin Association went to Paul Hunt of Swindon & District Bonsai Society
  • NB: Awards with * are all sponsored by John Pitt Ceramics

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