Welcome

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

Membership

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.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

'Best of British' Selection

HI Guys, you may already be aware of the big event taking place at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for the weekend of Easter, 2009 (April 11th and 12th)

This is the biggest event to take place in the UK for many a long year and we should support it at all costs… we gotta put a big event in the UK high on our ‘to do’ list. I am the tree selector for the North west and North Wales.

The procedure is as per above.

I will be attending Wirrals show so you guys can have trees selected at that event. Plus the Burrs event in November will be the last chance to have trees selected.

Please pass this document around your clubs and lets show the rest of the UK what we have here in the North West and North Wales

Best Regards
Tony Tickle

Friday, 23 May 2008

Chelsea Flower Show 2008



Congratulations to the BBC for finally recognising the art of Bonsai, with its sympathetic and educated item on the show highlights on Wednesday.

Plus well done to FoBBS & Mendip Bonsai Studio for Gold medals.
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Monday, 19 May 2008

Marco Invernizzi workshop


The venue for the day long Marco Invernizzi Workshop on Friday the 20th of June has now been set as Bebington Civic Hall -room F.

The doors will be open from 9am to 5pm and anybody wishing to attend MUST confirm ASAP so that costs involved for the event can be worked out.

Please email Les to confirm.

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So.......do it now......don't be a plonker and miss out on the chance to work alongside Marco.

New Poll


As its now coming towards the end of spring (the Met office definition is 1st March to 30th May!) I thought it was nearly time to start a new poll.

The current one, your favourite season seems to have turned out to be a runaway win for Spring (some would say predictably.) So anybody who hasn't voted & wishes to change the outcome (?) you've got until the 30th.

Saturday, 17 May 2008

1 to 1 workshops


If anyone is interested in doing 1 to 1 workshops with Peter Warren on 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th September contact him on info@saruyama.co.uk to get more details.

Les

Friday, 16 May 2008

May Meeting- Workshop

Les does his chairman bit....
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work in progress.....

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Dave Y in 'action'

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Part of Andy's collection of accents.

Tree of the Month- May

ToTM this month was chosen by Doug and he selected Bill's Silver Birch. Described by Bill as being 'temperamental' with its propensity to shed branches at the drop of a hat (or should that be leaf!!) he still perseveres and is rewarded by the delicate image that can be seen in Brian's photo.
(I myself enjoy the various delights of SB ownership and like Bill, feel they are worth the bother.)

Saturday, 10 May 2008

May Meeting- workshop


This months meeting has been confirmed by 'a source' as being a workshop so all members should bring a tree or two to work on.
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Plus there will be a chance for all to sign up for the Marco workshop.
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See you there.

Friday, 9 May 2008

YouTube bonsai

Never thought of looking before but it seems you can find bonsai just about everywhere!!

Click link below for part 1 (of 3) a demo by Walter Pall but once there, you have a variety of related films to browse.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEYQyCW9Gnw&feature=related

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Walk in the Woods -May 08

If you go down to the woods today, your sure of a big surprise!!

"Walk in the Woods is the Tree Council's month-long festival to encourage everyone to enjoy trees and woods in spring. Across the UK, walks, talks and other events take place in town and countryside throughout May - a great month to go down to the woods or to a local park or just enjoy tree-lined streets. Spring flowers, birdsong and fresh green leaves make them particularly inviting.
Walk in the Woods month is a great time to organise an event and get new people interested in trees - especially in their local patch. A particular aim of Walk in the Woods is to attract people who rarely, if ever, visit woods - even those on their doorstep."


Courtesy of the Tree Council

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Bonsai Site of the Month -May

This months website is dedicated to all lovers of Kusamono and the art of the accent plant. The gallery is worth a visit and there is also some discussion on Japanese Aesthetics (an interesting item on Wabi-Sabi!!) and the art of presentation.

There is also an article on KEI D0- a new term... for me anyway.
Literally translated, Kei Do means the Way of VIEWING. The school of Kei Do teaches the long-time traditions, conventions and disciplines which have brought bonsai, grass planting, suiseki (viewing stones) and the art of display to the confines of a room, specifically the tokonoma, or alcove.

So...... not just something for Andy then.......!!