Posts categorised: General Interest

Mature Bonsai Collection Available

Dan Barton a revered and experienced bonsai artist has decided to offer his collection, stands and poly tunnel for sale as a job lot. Some of these are large mature trees. Anyone interested can contact the Swindon club via the contact page and we will put you in touch with Dan.

Must be Wanborough Country show weekend

You can nearly always set your weather vane knowing that the Wanborough Country show is on and the weather will change. We always seem to have rain, such a shame for the show organisers, eventually it cleared up a bit and the crowds started to arrive. Still we managed to get the marquee up before… Read more »

89th Wanborough Country Show, on 21st August 2021

The Club will be taking our large marquee to the event so that any Swindon club member can bring a tree along for selection to go on the display. We try to show trees of all abilities so that it is of interest to the public viewing and not off putting with just show trees… Read more »

Staverton Bonsai Boot sale at NEW location

Yet another successful Bonsai boot sale, the new location near Southwick was a big area so everyone could spread out. The heavy rain and thunder forecast for the day held off, It was a light drizzle during the opening but that didn’t stop the hardy crowd of visitors. There was a good selection of bonsai… Read more »

Bonsai Boot Sale 2021

Only 3 weeks to go….There are about 39 seller pitches booked to date. These include top pot makers, tree suppliers, tools and soils. There will be trade sellers and private sellers. Sellers include Walsall ceramics, Gordon duffet, Dragonfly pots, Wood and clay, Collette’s Bonsai, Chris Thomas, Paul Rogers ceramics, Oceans organic bonsai feed, Troll pots,… Read more »

Club Meetings……….Back Again. 8th June 2021

At last we are able to hold our club meetings back at the Coleview centre. The tables have been well spaced out so we can keep our distance from each other, if needed. There weren’t too many of us at the first meeting, due to many reasons but at least it attracted two new possible… Read more »

2nd Merit Award Winners Workshop

Several years ago, the club decided to award a merit shield to a club member, together with a voucher to attend one of John Trott’s workshops near Shepton Mallet, so not too far away. This was decided by the current committee and consideration was given to the improvement of members trees, what that member had… Read more »

Club Meetings Starting Again. [At Last]

The Coleview Community Centre is now open again, so meetings will hopefully start again at 7.30pm on Tuesday the 8th June 2021 in the Towcester Suite [Big Hall]. For the time being it will be workshops until we can compile a new programme to take us up to the AGM next March. Any members with… Read more »

Fungus on Juniper

This year there have been a few observations from bonsai enthusiasts of an orange fungus appearing on their Juniper bonsai trees. It is likely that this is a species of Gymnosporangium which is host shifting rust that causes systemic infections. It is widespread and common and visible from March to August occurring on different species… Read more »

Taxus baccata – English Yew

The English Yew can live for over a 1,000 years and it is thought that many living Yews pre-date Christ by many thousands of years. The Fortingall Yew in Perthshire is claimed to be up to 9,000 years old. Here is an example of the development of a Yew tree as a bonsai starting back… Read more »