Wednesday, 6 March 2013

March Workshop -Steve Tolley

 Andy's Elm pre work.....
 removing unwanted branches....

 can sometimes mean 'getting by with a little help from your friends'
 Dave's interesting looking Larch....

...gets 'Tollster'ised!

Hi One and All

On the 3rd of March 2013 we had the privilege and pleasure of Mr Steven Tolley in our midst, the Gentleman who set-up Four Dimensional Art and Established the Steve Tolley Bonsai School in with the aim of helping to raise the standards of UK Bonsai

Once again to have Steve at one of our Sunday workshops was music to the ears of all the members who were present on the the day and they were,in No Particular order Sean, Bill G, Ian W, Dena, Ron, Andy H, Rod, Dave, Doug, Eddie, Tom and Simon Plus a Large variety of Bonsai Trees in all Shapes and Sizes and was held at the Gordales Garden Centre The UK Garden Retailer of the Year 2012 after written statements and mystery shopper visits had been shortlisted to one of four centres. Gordale was delighted to be awarded Gold Medal, which was presented by Terry and sponsors of the award, Stax. as taken from

On with the workshop Mr Tolley wasted no-time in getting his sleeves rolled up when he arrived and was soon going round the workshop tables starting with Dave and his European Larch and soon we seen the Master Tolster in action giving Constructive Advice and his Professional Opinion will all the Enthusiasm that only someone with his Knowledge,Know-how and Experience could deliver and it was a joy and pleasure to watch and be there seeing him in Action

Another quality that stood out was Steve's relentless energy going from tree to tree member to member going back and forth checking making sure everyone knew what he was on about and if was ask a Question he listened explained and showed at times how to go about the task in hand 

Sadly to say I had to leave the workshop early due to Family reasons  and was unable to stay till the end of the Workshop and I am sure that everyone who was there would like to thank Godales Garden Centre for allowing W-B-S to hold another Sunday Workshop there and a thousand thanks to Rob for all his help organising the Workshop tables

Until the next time

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.