Posts categorised: Visits

Captivated by Conifers

For a conifer overload visit Swanborough Conifers in Woodborough near Pewsey. Mark Harvey runs specialist conifer tree nursery where you will be enraptured by the range of varieties of conifer available to buy which Mark has carefully grafted and grown on himself. The nursery is open on a Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm but… Read more »

Bonsai inspiration @Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire If you have not been to Blenheim Palace then add it to your visits this year, as it is a stunning place to go and have a fun day out with all the family and see trees. I recently went on a day out there with a friend for cream tea… Read more »

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens If you are interested in trees then a good place to visit is the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, as they host a fabulous collection  not only of specimen trees but also the National Bonsai Collection too. It is a good place for bonsai inspiration as well and within the grounds we came across… Read more »

The National Bonsai Collection @Birmingham

Following on from the Bonsai Boot Sale and FoBBS AGM it was a good opportunity to visit the National Bonsai Collection here at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It was originally opened in 1993 by Minister Ryuichiro Yamazaki Japanese Consul-General on behalf of the Friends of the National Bonsai Collection and the Birmingham Botanical and Horticultural… Read more »

Bonsai boot sale, Birmingham

  The Bonsai Boot Sale at Birmingham Botanical Gardens was a well attended event today coniciding with the Federation of British Bonsai Societies (FoBBS) Annual General Meeting (AGM). There was a good selection of bonsai on sale of all price ranges and some bargains to be had. There were trees of all sizes from established… Read more »

Test Valley Woodfair 2016

Held in a woodland, the event was free for all to enjoy. There was much on offer from wood turners to tree surgeon demonstrations, bush crafts, falconry, food and bonsai! I really enjoyed Alex Metcalf’s tree listening installation he set up using technology he has designed himself, he educates and brings awareness on tree biology and… Read more »

Shopping for Shohin bonsai

Shohin bonsai are a size of bonsai which are around 20 cm or 8 inches in height and are larger than mame. They are a very popular size of bonsai more recently and easy to transport and usually displayed as part of a set of trees as opposed to as individuals. The overall actual dimensions… Read more »

Buying bonsai trees

If you are looking to buy a bonsai tree then here is a selection of bonsai trees of all species, shapes and sizes and budgets that are available from Lodder Bonsai BV in Holland. You can visit the nursery direct or buy from their online shop or attend one of their open days and the… Read more »

Shopping for Mame bonsai

Mame is a term used to describe very small bonsai usually less than 10 centimetres or 4 inches in height and generally smaller than shohin. They are very cute due to the smallness of size but do require extra care given the size of pot to avoid drying out.

Lodder Bonsai bv, Holland

This year we again found some stunning bonsai to buy from Lodder bonsai to add to our collections. It is such a pleasure to spend time pursuing through a few thousand trees selecting ones that catch your eye.