Sunday, 24 March 2013

March Meeting -Tree critique

Hi Everyone

Wednesday the the 13th of March we held our monthly meeting once again at the Rafa Club in Oxton Wirral ( how to find us go to 
Finding the RAFA club  on the right of the page of our Blog )

Ian W our Chairman opened the meeting welcoming everyone and thanked members for thier support at  Swindon and District Winter Image Show and look forward to going back next year if all goes well.

With all the preparations done and dusted for our next adventure the  


Shohin UK Exhibition 2013  

This exciting national event dedicated to Smaller Bonsai,sizes ranging from  Mame Size is approximately 10cm from soil surface, Shohin Size  is approximately 20cm from soil surface, Chuhin Size is approximately 45cm maximum from soil surface, will be held on Sunday, March 24th 2013 at Failand Village Hall, near Bristol, UK.

his new event is being organised by Mark & Ritta Cooper and Bob Bailey, with the support of the Bristol Bonsai Society, the British Shohin Association, and the Federation of British Bonsai Societies.      

This will be the only UK National Exhibition Dedicated to Shohin Bonsai in 2013 and will be a “must visit event for all Shohin Bonsai enthusiast where on show will be Some Amazing, Fantastic,Impressive,Marvelous,Stunning Wonderful SMALL BONSAI TREES Displayed to a Extremeley High Standard.

Rather than me go on about how Wonderful this Event will be and NOT to be overlooked Go There

This and more information can be found at

After the announcements its was down to the evening's Topic which was  -A Tree Critique  The Panel conducted by Ian W,Tony F with Andy and Audience participation and First to the Table was Brian with his Scots Pine ,Steve H a tall European Larch,next Iain Q  with a Crab Apple Tree, followed by Phil and his Small Azalea (which could be a Contender to be the a  STUNNING Shohin Tree if managed the right way), then Andy with a Mugo Pine and Last but not Least  Iain Q. (I have heard that name before somewhere!! )

With his Buxus Sempervirens/Common Box (I hope) or was it Buxus Microphylla/Japanese Box. This was discussed at great length by Everyone mainly because of what presentation could be added to compliment the arrangement between Pot, Tree and  Accent support .Many suggestions very voiced and interesting  concepts .

Lots of Excellent, Useful Advice and Constructive Criticism was suggested by the panel with lots of Members participation in questions suggestion and not always agreeing but that what Bonsai is All about ( in my opinion)as each of us has thier own opinion and in a way we could be All correct in our assumption 

The evening was well attended enjoyable with over Two Dozen members and visitors  Sadly to say There is NO Last Sunday of the Month the 31st and  the /Garden Centre is Closed BUT for all the Die-hard's who like thier Sunday Bonsai Workshop Fix. Fear not for Wirral Bonsai Society will be at Portsunlight Garden Centre, The Causeway, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, Telephone: 0151 645 6244-- Post Code CH62 5DY on the 2nd Sunday of April 2013
Until next time  Take care  look after each other and all your Bonsai Trees and many thanks for reading our Blog

Jim thelad

 Ian & Tony 'relax' during the critique..
 ...still 'relaxing'!
.. and fully concentrating on the nice Azalea.
 Group discussion on the raft Buxus
 Nice stocky cotoneaster on show.... some nice seasonal accents.

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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.