Bonsai Experience 2016 – Children’s workshop

Just a month to go for this year’s Bonsai Experience Event in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. On Saturday 25th June we’ll be having fun in the park, all the details on the poster below, and we have free children’s workshop places available. Spaces are limited so if you want a place book now on the form below. Each child will be supplied with a free Larch tree to start with and will be shown how to wire bend and clip the tree.

Children must remain supervised by a parent or guardian during the workshop and be between 8 and 16 years old.

Here are some photos of last years workshop to give you a feel for the event.

Another happy camper

Another happy camper

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Engrossed

Engrossed

Nice one Ollie

Nice one Ollie

Happy camper

Happy camper

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Love this

Love this

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Please use this form to book your place, first come first served, book now to avoid tears!

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Join us Tomorrow @ Botanic Gardens

A last reminder that the Bonsai Experience 2016 is tomorrow. All details on the flyer below.

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Bonsai Display @ Springhill Moneymore

It’s not often the NIBS gets to venture into the West  so to speak but on the 18th & 19th June we will have a small display of bonsai at the beautiful Springhill National Trust property in Moneymore.

If you live over that side of the Bann and feel starved of bonsai, why not come along. Trees will be on display as well as a rolling demonstration during both days. If you have a tree you want advice on, bring it along for us to see. There will even be some bonsai and related products for sale.

See a full run down of the event below.

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Josh’s Garden Visit In Full Colour

It’s been two days since our club visit to Josh Reynold’s Garden and I’m only now getting around to posting the photos from the day. To busy soaking up the sun and watering trees!

Our visit started with setting up the tea and coffee for the arrivals of the others. I managed to run around and take a few quick tree shots before the rest arrived. Josh was still running around pulling weeds and watering his trees. I brought my son with me to record the tour, and once the weather turns wet again, I’ll spend a little time editing the footage and get it up on YouTube for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s some of the trees.

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Korean Fir
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Wytch Elm

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Mugo Pine

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Hornbeam

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Blue Cedar

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Chamaecyparis

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Mugo Pine

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Lonicera Forest

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Garden Tree Larch

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Field Maple

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Hinoki Cypress

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Mame Lonicera (he does do small ones!)

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May son earning his wages.

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It was great to watch everyone reactions to seeing some of Josh’s bigger trees sitting in his driveway. We had several new members with us who hadn’t experienced Josh’s bonsai before.

People arriving.

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Once everyone was gathered up we had a little surprise for Josh. We gave him a Bonsai 30 T-Shirt for hosting the visit and made him an honorary member of the club. As a founding member and also after his very generous donations to the clubs auction, it seemed only right.

Josh is a self taught bonsaist and all of his trees were collected by him, grown from seed by him or were garden centre stock. No Japanese Imports insight.

He started his tour talking about the history of each tree and how he developed it. We even got a chat about trees that were in the ground, but you can check this out on the video later. Here’s some tour photos.

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Pay attention Kris !

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Talking through trees in the ground.

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Talking through the development of the big Korean Fir.

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Look up it’s Air Lingus. He was actually pointing out the trees  near him where he collected the seed for many of his bonsai, but Air Lingus did frequently break the tranquil setting during the tour. You’ll hear that on the video no doubt.

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His Contorted Hazel that was exhibited at Bonsai Europa last year. Now has a chair leg being used to reposition the apex. Josh is the ultimate improviser.

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Moving round the back of the house we get to see the beds where he develops bonsai in the ground. He apologised for the mess but I don’t think anyone even noticed as we were all peering under leaves to see what was in there.

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Two of his best bonsai, both beeches, are back in the ground to encourage more vigour. A real pity they won’t be available for Bonsai 30 in September as they would for sure be show stoppers.

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Peering into the foliage we can see his work in progress to develop branch structure with taper.

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A great morning. More images can be found on Futterwithtrees blog as Michael was also busy with his camera. Videos coming soon.

A big that you to all those who supported the day. One member drove 150 miles from County Rosscommon to see the trees! What a cosmopolitan bunch we are with Scots, English, Swedish, American and even the odd Northern Irishman thrown in.

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Bonsai In The Sun

A great morning in the sun at the garden of Josh Reynolds getting a tour of his bonsai collection. More photos and video to follow on this at the start of the week.

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