Chris Thomas Exmouth Show 2011

Despite the wet weather, it was well worth making the journey down to Exmouth today for the reward of seeing yet again some high class bonsai trees being displayed to their

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Kendo Exhibition at Shaw Ridge Primary School

The Club was asked to do a display as part of the School’s fundraising event in support of the Japanese Tsunami Appeal. It seemed like a worthy cause and with an indoor venue and tables supplied by the School it was fairly easy to do. With the Club’s A Team on the beach at Exmouth it fell to Mike, Alex and I to do the work, with me relying on the others for decent trees.

The event was run by members of the local Japanese community who obviously had lots of enthusiasm

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Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanical gardens in New York

I have just returned from a brief holiday to New York and was fortunate enough to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens whilst I was there.

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Juniper

Juniper in May 2011

In April 2011, the club was contacted by a lady from Cirencester who was trying to find a buyer for three of her late father’s bonsai trees. 

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Pine tree prior to candle pruning

Pine tree prior to candle pruning

Recently Amelia and I joined Jake Hobson, acclaimed author of ‘Niwaki’ for the part one workshop on two-needled pines. The workshops comprised of two days, one in spring the other in autumn, are focused on pine maintenance. This spring workshop looked essentially

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WindyBank Bonsai Signage

Today, Amelia, Derek Ross and I aka rent-a-crowd went to visit Ken Leaver at his bonsai nursery, Windybank in Surrey. Ken has a lovely small, very well laid out nursery and is well worth a visit. His nursery specialises in selling high quality Japanese bonsai trees, he has a fine selection and many different styles & species with prices to suit all.

We were made to feel very welcome and offered tea & coffee. This is not our first visit to Windybank bonsai nursery

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Juniper

This month the competition had thirteen tree entries and as part of the evenings exercise we all carried out a task to judge one tree based on the new talent criteria suggested guidelines to judging.

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