Saturday, 14 April 2012

April Meeting -Peter Warren -Shohin/Accent display

 Ian opens the meeting with a warm up routine......... which seems to include big fish, little fish, cardboard box!!!
 Peter Warren starts appreciating small pots.
 A good turn out for a guest, as usual
Peter appreciating both tree and pot?

Hi Everyone

Mr Peter Warren, is a shy quiet spoken gentleman and one of U.K Finest  Extremely Talented Bonsai Artist with a Long List of Credits to his name He grew up in the North Yorkshire Countryside, Attended Leicester University where he read Physics with Astrophysics before moving to Japan.That when he found his True Calling and he began to study under Master Kunio Kobayashi  at his garden, Shunkaen, in Tokyo. During this time he asked if he could become his full time apprentice, a position he held for over Seven or more years .Peter returns regularly to help out and to have the opportunity to learn more and to use Peter’s words “ as  an  apprentice  it was an incredible learning experience and was able to learn and acquire many techniques, ideas and aesthetic principles and adapt them for his own style" and has been passing on his passion and techniques Since 2007. He has been traveling the World, Teaching Bonsai and working with some of the Best Bonsai Trees in the USA, Europe and Japan 

Ian W our Chairman got the meeting underway and welcomed everyone and introduced Mr Peter Warren who introduced his Presentation  of Shohin Bonsai Display + Evolution Display and the Appreciation of Pots and why Shohin and Mame Trees came about and spoke of  Count Malsudaira and Mr Nakamura Zeko as the fore-runners for Displaying and showing of Shohin Bonsai

It was very interesting and educational to see how Shohin and Mame Bonsai have progressed from those early days and the whole audience were once again enthralled and captivated by what Peter was saying  During a short break Peter was chatting with members and advising a few on their Bonsai Trees also another this gave members time to look at the Large Number on Bonsai Pots and Bonsai Books so a Grateful THANK-YOU brought into one of our Last Sunday of the month workshop at the GGC many thanks for thinking of us that was Extremely kind indeed

There were  a  good gathering with around 24 and another well know face amongst us as Mr Simon Temblett  Another of UK Finest Bonsai Artists also a Potter and Sculpture, producing some of his own bespoke Bonsai Pots, also  attended Peter’s presentation and more about  Mr Simon Temblett can be found at 

Bonsai can be classified into different groups by size. The size of Bonsai is generally measured as the distance between the top of the soil and the apex of the bonsai tree. Below is the classification of Bonsai of different sizes.

Keishi Bonsai (thumb size)    Up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in height
Shito Bonsai (very small)       Up to 3 inch (7.5 cm) in height
Mame Bonsai (mini)               To 6 inch (15 cm) in height
Shohin Bonsai (small)             Up to 8 inch (20 cm) in height
Kifu Sho Bonsai (medium)      Up to 16 inch (40.5 cm) in height
Chu Bonsai (medium large)     Up to 24 (61 cm) inch in height
Dai Bonsai (large)                    Up to 40 (101.5 cm) inch in height

These Standard Rules that become important and are helpful in shows and competitions Sometimes measures are not sharply outlined, and the exact height of the Bonsai tree does not hold very strictly. For example, the majority of  Shohin Bonsai at most Bonsai Shows are Approximately 8 inches (20 cm) or less in height, .but an Elegant, Slim Bonsai Tree may easily override the limit in height and still be considered as a Shohin., This is same for Mame Bonsai.

Basically, the main “rule” is that we must be able to hold our Shohin Bonsai and Mame Bonsai  on the Palm. of one Hand Expressing the beauty of a Large aged tree in Miniature.

Info from       

Once again it was a Privilege and Honour to have  Peter’s  Presentation  of Shohin Bonsai Display + Evolution Display and the Appreciation of Pots for us all at Wirral Bonsai  Society and to read more about Mr Peter Warren please go to

also at

It was an evening well spent and made a lot Members think that its not all about the Medium to Large Bonsai Trees that are Appealing and Beautiful being  SMALL IS Definitely Beautiful 

At the End of the evening Ian W thanked Peter for a most Interesting and Inspired presentation and asked Peter to do the honors and chose a Tree Of The Month which he obliged and Peter chose an Crab Apple Tree owned by Sean D  

On the Last Sunday of the Month the 29th of April we all back at our Favourite Venue Gordales Award Winning Garden Center (GGC)  so we hope to see you there Bring in any on your Bonsai Trees were we will do our utmost to advise and help in anyway our members can or just join us all for a chat about anything Bonsai Related

Take care look after each other and all your Bonsai Trees

Jim thelad

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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.