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).
9th January- AGM
13th February-Swindon Show prep
24th Feb -Gordale Workshop
3rd March -Gordale Workshop -Steve Tolley
13th March - Members Tree Critique Club show prep
10th April- Tony Tickle/Terry Foster -Fine wiring and ramification
28th April -Gordale Workshop
9th May-Peter Warren Subject TBC
26th May Gordale Workshop
12th June-John Moffat-Great trees of the Wirral
30th June -Gordale Workshop
10th July- Simon Jones-Subject TBC
28th July -Gordale Workshop
14th August- Club Show Tree selection
25th August -Gordale Workshop
21st-22nd September -Club show -Gordale
11th September-Post show talk- New Member Introduction
29th September-Gordale Workshop
9th October- TBC
27th October -Gordale Workshop
14th November- John Armitage- Japanese Exploits
24th November -Gordale Workshop
11th 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.
Yet another Fantastic Night with a guest appearance of Mr. Paul Goff a gentleman who is an extremely Talented Artist in Photography, Video Producing and has been Creating Bonsai since 1970 many of which are now World Renowned. His Work has been featured on Television, Video's. Books, Dvd's,Magazines and Exhibitions throughout the Uk and Europe (Taking From Bonsai Presention and more info about Paul's can be found At Paul Goff-Official Website)
Iain W. opened the meeting by introducing Paul and soon the 30 or more members were in for a Treat with Paul Producing a Professional Photo Session with the use one light to 3 lights and 2 Different Backdrops, Tripod,Umbrella's, Light Stands Back Light and Model Lights explaining how to get the best out of our Bonsai Trees with Preparation, careful use of Lights ,Distance, how to avoid A Back-Shadow and Paul Photographing some member's Bonsai Trees
The evening went so quick and all members were engrossed on Paul's Presention and Demonstration with more than a few stating it was the best they have came across within the Society. It may be a hard act to follow in the coming months but I am sure the Secretary may have something up his/her sleeve!!
Jim the Lad
Thanks for the report & good photos Jim, (Apologies for the post being late -Ive been on holiday)
After a slow start at the 2nd Workshop this year at Gordales Garden Center, things really picked up around Midday and lasted till after 4pm with Andy, Arthur and Doug being kept busy answering question's on Chinese Elms, White Pine OakTrees a Serissa. They then did some work on the 4 Trees that visitors bought at Gordales Garden Center or brought into the workshop for help and guidance. They also spent time trying to revive a sorrowful looking White Pine Tree for one young couple. Andy H was asked to do his best and take it home with him and give it back to the couple if he is successful in reviving it.
Once again it was great to to show the public what Wirral Bonsai Society is all about and helping to promote the Bonsai Culture to others on the Wirral, Cheshire and North Wales and further afield
A BIG Thankyou to All The Staff At Gordales Garden Center for the use of their Facilities and welcoming W-B-S into the garden center and we all look forward to the next one on the LAST Sunday in June.