Baobab tree

I have recently come across yet another fascinating book by Thomas Pakenham on the most remarkable Baobab tree and for all those who have an interest in trees, this is one very special tree. It is a living monument,

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Propped red pine

Propped red pine

The Japanese approach to nature is awe inspiring particularly in the way that they manage and prune trees. It allows for the creation of visual imagery that is unsurpassed in designed western landscapes today. One of the most intriguing techniques observed during a trip to Japan,

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June 2011 Club Night

We had a change in programme tonight from the scheduled event, Malcolm Hughes, now postponed to next month, brought July’s workshop early and we quickly got down to business. The evening consisted mostly of pruning, tea and medals (Chelsea gold) stopping for the Tree of Month competition.

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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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