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A visit to the 2013 Swindon Winter Bonsai Show

Richard Kernick
6 March 2013
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Richard escapes the Gardens to look at a few of the fabulous trees at the 2013 Swindon Winter Bonsai Show.

A few weekends ago I was able to attend the Swindon and District Winter Bonsai show, so thought I would show some pictures of "non-Kew" bonsai trees for a change. My apologies for poor picture quality. The show is held at a leisure centre and, while the lighting is fine for a game of netball, it’s not conducive to bonsai photography!

It’s good to see that the Swindon and District Bonsai Society hold their show in the winter. Whilst some might find it strange that the deciduous trees are being displayed in their leafless winter state, this is when bonsai shows are traditionally held in Japan. It allows the viewer to fully appreciate the fine form and structure of the trees without the distraction of leaves!

For more information about Bonsai shows, based both in the UK and abroad, take a look at the “diary dates” page at the website of the Federation of British Bonsai Societies

Many thanks to Amelia Williams from the Swindon and District Bonsai Society who has provided assistance in identifying the trees and their owners:

Poster advertising the 2013 Swindon and District Winter Bonsai Winter Image show

An English elm displayed at the 2013 Swindon and District Winter Bonsai show

English Elm owned by Reg Bolton of Swindon & District Bonsai Society
and purchased originally in mid 1990’s from Kevin Willson

This unusual willow won the ÒBest Deciduous TreeÓ and ÒBest in ShowÓ awards at the 2013 Swindon and District Winter Bonsai show
This unusual Weeping Willow by Simon Tremblett won the
“Best Deciduous Tree” and “Best in Show” awards. Simon also created the pot.

This is a shohin sized Itoigawa Chinese juniper owned by John Armitage and displayed on the British Shohin Association stand at the 2013 Swindon and District Winter Bonsai show
This “shohin” sized “Itoigawa” Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis itoigawa) owned by John Armitage was displayed on the British Shohin Association stand

A root over rock style Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum) displayed at the 2013 Swindon and District Winter Bonsai show
A "root over rock" style Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum). This tree was originally imported from Nagoya, Japan in 2007. The tree had originally been "field-grown" for 5 years to develop the roots and trunk before being potted up. It was then worked on at the grower’s nursery for 35 years to develop and refine the branches, after which it was sold to its current owners. The pot was made in Tokoname, Japan by Seizan (Reihou). In the photo, the tree stands on a slice (a “Jiita”) of Trident maple.

A 'literati' style Scots pine (pinus sylvestris) displayed by the Wirral Bonsai society at the 2013 Swindon and District Winter Bonsai show
A '"literati" style Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) displayed by the Wirral Bonsai Society

A Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila) owned by Mike Jones, pot by Walsall Ceramics at the 2013 Swindon and District Winter Bonsai show
A Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila) owned by Mike Jones, pot by Walsall Ceramics
There is step-by-step history of this tree at John Pitt.

An English elm displayed at the 2013 Swindon and District Winter Bonsai show


English Elm owned by Reg Bolton of Swindon & District Bonsai Society
and purchased originally in 1996 from Kevin Willson
.

- Richard -


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Comments

9 March 2013
Comment: 
Such a pleasant surprise to see the willow on your blog. I didn't realise kew had a bonsai exhibit. I will make a point of taking a look next time I'm in London. I'd like to say hello if i can. Are you full time at kew Richard?
7 March 2013
Comment: 
These are breathtaking!
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6 March 2013
Comment: 
Thank you for visiting our show this year, and glad you enjoyed it. We enjoy visiting the Kew collection and it is always great to view great trees.

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