It is with great sadness that I share the news that Bob Brooks passed away on Monday morning. Bob, a founding and honorary member of the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society was one of few true gentlemen I have ever known. Until ill health in recent years, he was a stalwart at our monthly meetings and a font of knowledge on all things horticultural. A published author of his own gardening book and a driving force behind nearly every Specialist Horticultural club in Northern Ireland, he has left a strong legacy. He could always be easily spotted at any flower show, straight backed, cane in hand, often more for effect than for balance, and shoes so shiny you could shave in the reflection. His witty quips will be sorely missed. When the topic at a meeting about 5 years ago mentioned the option to start bonsai from cuttings Bob was heard to say," Cuttings! I don't even buy green bananas!" Heaven's flowerbeds will now be colourful for sure. Rest in Peace Bob. You'll be missed.
We had the pleasure of having one of the gentlemen of European Bonsai with us last weekend. Ian Baillie, bonsai potter from Scotland, sailed over to the Emerald Isle on Friday to give a talk at our monthly club meeting. This was followed with two more sessions on the Saturday and Sunday including demos, critiques and workshop. Ian brought a fantastic selection of pots with him and a fair few of them stayed. Thanks Ian for a wonderful weekend. A first visit to our club but hopefully to be repeated. Here is a gallery of the photos taken over the 3 days.
A meeting on Friday the 13th! Are we mad, and there might be snow! Well yes, we are still having a meeting, our usual workshop at Cregagh Youth and Community Centre, Belfast at 8pm. We'll also be taking 2017 membership and booking for the Ian Baillie weekend in February. See you there will a woollie hat on.
It's with great pleasure that we welcome Ian Baillie over to Northern Ireland between Friday 10th and Sunday the 12th of February. Ian was recently featured in Esprit Bonsai Magazine seen below.
Just a heads up for our members that this Friday's meeting will all be our AGM. After the election of our committee and office bearers we are going to have a small auction of 15 trees and a selection of Books and videos. These have been donated to the Society by John Cooke, a club member. Unlike our last auction back in April, this one is only open to those who attend the meeting. Expect a few bargains to be had. After this we will get back to working on trees and perhaps advising the new owners of the auction trees and where to go next.