Tuesday, 30 April 2013

April Meeting Tony Tickle

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On the 10th April Mr.Tony Tickle and Mr.Terry Foster were schedule to present a Fine Wiring and Ramification session and yours truly was looking forward to meeting another Bonsai Artist Mr Terry Foster as he been spoken well of and highly rated at Wirral Bonsai Society.
Mr Tickle I have met before and chatted with both in person and on the World Wide Web so I was a little disappointed that Mr Foster could not make it on the night  

In the absence of our Chairman and Vice-chairman due to work comments, Andy H. opened the precedence with the Successful news about about a few members latest  Adventure to The FANTASTIC Shohin UK Exhibition 2013  where our Society gained a These Awards

1)British Shohin Association Best Mame Award
Bill G. (Lonicera nitida)

2) Shohin UK Display, Award of Merit
Wirral Bonsai Society

3) BCI Award of Excellence
Wirral Bonsai Society's display

and not forgetting 

Best Accent Planting (Dan and Ci Barton)
Simon Jones

With  who got what and what is on in the coming weeks out of the way, Andy then introduced Mr.T. Tickle and it was down to the business for the evening with a change to the schedule and Tony Introduced his topic for the Evening which was a very interesting, subject such as Extraordinary Bonsai Techniques and a list of the things that were in store for members were Bending Branches, Coniferous Trees, Difficult Potting, Creating an Aged Appearance, Bending Roots (Yew Tree), Rooting Giant Cuttings, Polystyrene Chips in Pots, The Raft (18 years in the Making) and a Technique Called SWEATING to be able to Establish Roots

To save me trying to confuse you all as to what this is all about  check out Mr. Tony Tickle's Site  @


The Evening was very interesting and Tony did a great job with his Slide show presentation it was full of information and passed on some new and interesting facts, techniques and suggestions and the time just seem to fly past and before new it the session had finished

Andy thanked Tony for his Excellent presentation and I am sure everyone in the room learnt more than a few things and will be trying out a lots of what Tony  said on their own Bonsai trees I know I will be.

That's it for now I will be back soon with the news from Portsunlight Garden  Centre

Take care  look after each other  and all your bonsai Trees

Jim thelad

 Tony's explains some 'extraordinary techniques'
..... including how to guess the weight!

 An enthralled audience looks on.

 Tony's Blackthorn (complete with RAF flyby)

and Tony's well known Yew complete with pot [& table :) ]


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.