Thursday, 11 October 2007

October meeting- John Armitage -'A personal journey'

John split his talk up into a number of topics including ;the nursery that he worked at -Nobuichi Urashibata Taisho en Nursery in Shizuoka; the shows and exhibitions he visited; his trips to other nursery's and of course; his work on the trees.

He talked about his host with great reverence and showed obvious gratitude for the opportunity he had been afforded, including the chance to use the dogs blanket to keep from freezing in bed!!

It soon became apparent that the trip had had a profound affect on him, not least of which was in coming to terms with the prices of material in Britain compared to what he would pay in Japan!

Another interesting yet disturbing subject was in learning about the declining interest within Japan for all things Bonsai particularly as the reverse could be said to be happening in the rest of the world.

The ageing membership of supposed non existent bonsai clubs

Nursery's.....The good ......

.....the bad &........

........the proud!!

All told this was an extremely interesting talk that seemed to enthrall all the audience; one that it should be mentioned, was swelled by the largest North Waleian raiding party seen 'in these here parts' for many a year!! (good to see you all)

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Hello and welcome to the Wirral Bonsai Society Blog - an ongoing diary & newsletter highlighting the adventures of the society & its members

Society Diary-We meet at 8pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the RAFA club in Oxton (CH43 1UU).

  • 13th January
  • 10th February
  • 14th February Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 28th February Workshop - Gordale
  • 9th March - Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 13th March Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 27th March Workshop - Gordale
  • 13th April - Demonstration - Andy H
  • 17th April Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 24th April Workshop - Gordale
  • 8th May Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 11th May- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 29th May Workshop - Gordale
  • 4-5th June WBS Flowering Bonsai Show - Port Sunlight GC
  • 8th June - WBS Member trees critique
  • 12th June Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 26th June Workshop - Gordale
  • 10th July Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 13th July- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 31st July Workshop - Gordale
  • 10th August- WBS Show tree selection
  • 13-14th August - Wirral Flower Show
  • 20th August - Japan Day, Liverpool
  • 27-29th August WBS Annual Show - Gordale
  • 14th September- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 11th September Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 25th September Workshop - Gordale
  • 9th October Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 12th October- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 30th October Workshop - Gordale
  • 9th November- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 13th November Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 26-27th November - Potter Workshop with David Jones (Walsall Studio Ceramics)
  • 27th November Workshop - Gordale
  • 14th December - Club Party


New members are always welcome, just come along to one of our monthly meetings at the RAFA club. You can even 'try us out' for a few months before you decide on joining as an official member. The meetings are informal (there's a bar!) and the club members are (mostly) friendly, approachable and happy to pass on guidance and information to anybody interested in bonsai- whatever your level of experience.