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, 22 February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

WBS @ Swindon Winter Image Show



Best accent by Ian Warhurst

At the Swindon Winter image Show it has been confirmed that Scousers have the Best Accent, they beat off the Welsh, Scots Midlanders and all comers to prove that the Scouse Accent is Best.


Well done lads for getting a Merit Award for the Club Display and winning Best Accent Award at this prestigious show


Les S (Scouser in Exile)

Results where-
  • Best Shohin display was by Mark & Ritta Cooper
  • Best Mame display was by Bob Bailey
  • Best Conifer was the Chinese Juniper that was owned by Martin Shepherd
  • Best Deciduous tree was the Trident Maple by Mark Cooper
  • Best Chuhin was the Elm of Will Baddeley
  • Best Visiting Society was the Artistic Bonsai Circle
  • Best Accent sponsored by John Trott was by Ian Warhurst from Wirral Bonsai Society
  • Best in Show was the Trident Maple of Mark Cooper
  • Best Tree/Pot combination was the Pyracantha by Mark Cooper
  • Best individual Shohin award from the British Shohin Association went to Paul Hunt of Swindon & District Bonsai Society
  • Special Merit award was given to Wirral Bonsai Society

Pictures can be seen using links below.
http://swindon-bonsai.co.uk/2012/02/20/our-winter-show-results/#more-4100

http://yamadoriforsale.com/2012/02/20/swindon-winter-image-bonsai-show-2012-report-and-video/

Thanks to Jim for the links
Iain

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Happy Birthday Blog


Well... hasn't time flown...

I'd like to say a big thank you to Jim for his excellent input over the last year, long may it continue.
It's safe to say his input has given a fresh impetuous to the blog content, something that was probably waining due my time being taken up elsewhere.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Bonsai Boot Sale


BONSAI BOOT SALE

SUNDAY 11th March 2012

8 am to 12pm
 
In the Car Park of

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

& Glasshouses


Westbourne Road, Edgbaston


To book space 01543 685600.


£15 per boot payable on the day.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Blog Interaction


You may notice a new addition below every post, its an addition to Blogger that allows linking posts to popular social network sites, endorsing posts to other bloggers and commenting on posts.
See what you think and use as you see fit.
Plus Iv'e removed the blog poll at the bottom of the page (which suffered from multiple spam votes!) and replaced it with a list of the most recent popular posts.
Cheers
Iain

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

World Bonsai Photo Contest


Contest poster

WORLD BONSAI PHOTO CONTEST
In 2008 you were notified of the WBFF International Photo Contest, albeit at a rather late date to expect to receive  large numbers of entries from the UK. I was asked to retrieve, rather belatedly, a situation which had been outside the control of FOBBS and to take on the task of obtaining entries from the European Region. I should have had 12 months in which to do this task and in the event I had just two. Despite this, and with your co-operation, I did succeed in getting 25 entries for this competition; 10 of those entries came from the UK. In 2009 the competition was judged and 20 of the European photos were displayed at the World Convention held that year in Puerto Rico. Subsequently the new WBFF President, Mr Hu from China, offered to publish a book containing all those judged to be “winning trees”, some 170 trees in all. This book was produced by November of last year and free copies were available for all those whose trees appeared among the pages.

These books were available for us to collect while at the ASPAC Convention in Takamatsu, Japan last November, and extremely heavy they were to bring home (in our case 20 copies for the UK & Europe).

I am attaching the Poster, Requirements for entry, and the Entry Form itself. I hope you will print these out and  consider entering one of your trees. As proven by ‘Best of British’ and other shows staged in the UK, we have some amazing trees, and so, with plenty of time to get our acts together, lets show the rest of the World Bonsai public what we are capable of.

Kath Hughes
European Co-ordinator, World Bonsai Photo Contest
Requirements for entry

Entry form