Terry Adams gave a brilliant presentation for us with a slideshow of images of trees in nature and how they offer serious food for thought when it comes to bonsai design. He presented his ideas on designing bonsai trees based on his many years of observations of nature. He has gained inspiration from many sources
The judging of this show took an unusual format – visitors were provided with a voting slip and asked to nominate a numbered tree worthy of winning. I think anyone who has been to a bonsai show and questioned the judge’s decision might think this of this as a good idea. I will have to report back to let you know who has won.
Recently there have been some fabulous examples of root over rock styles at bonsai shows throughout the UK and some excellent examples were present at Heathrow bonsai show this month. This technique of planting the bonsai over a rock or even clinging to a rock is not an easyone to perfect and to be convincing
One of the most remarkable aspects of this tree, the Katsura is around now for all to smell, it is the wonderful onset of autumn colour and smell which sets the taste buds alight. The leaves as they go into senescence (autumn colour) emit a fabulous scent which is described as that of
On a recent trip out to the RHS Gardens at Wisley, and we caught up with the Bonsai collection and Japanese Garden that has been donated by Dawn and Peter Chan of Herons Bonsai Nursery. The autumn colour on some of the Maples was fabulous
This was a very helpful workshop in which we all gained from, in more ways than one. Lee helped all of us assess our trees from new perspectives
This is one area of Kew gardens I have not been to before, and it is set out behind the new Alpine House in a quiet corner of Kew gardens near the School of Horticulture. It is a modest collection on display but this forms part of Kew’s wider bonsai tree collection.