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Greenwood Bonsai Bash 2019 - review and photos

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Author Name: Corin Tomlinson
Posted: 13/09/2019 09:21
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September 2019 saw our Annual Bonsai Bash here at Greenwood Bonsai Studio.

This unique event has been held for the last 12 years. Drawing enthusiasts and bonsai collectors from all over the UK.


The ethos of this event is to make a FREE bonsai event on a large scale, to give something back to all our customers who continue to support us here during the last 41 years at Greenwood.

This year we had a much increased turnout, and were pleased to welcome old and new faces from across the UK.

We had around 20 specimen trees on display in our exhibition studio. All from Corin's private bonsai collection. Some old favourites, along with some new acquisitions, and some that have been recently worked on. Trees are especially selected to show development of trees throughout the year.

How many times do you go to a show and see a demonstration tree being worked on for 2 hours - and do you ever see the tree again ? does it live? does it die? how does it progress? or doesn't it.  We try to show the styling journey of our demonstration trees. Many on display were demo trees from previous years events, so you can see how they have developed through time, As you know bonsai is not about a 2 hour demo, but also the following years afterwards.

Here are just a few of the trees from the exhibition.


One of the main anticipated parts of the event (apart from the BBQ and homemade cakes) were the 2 days of Demonstrations by Corin Tomlinson. 

Demo trees had been acquired during the years especially for this event. First up on the Saturday Corin worked on a Yamadori collected Spruce tree. It was extensively pruned and wired to get it into shape. Deadwood was also carved and embellished to develop the tree further. Before and after photo is below. - 



In the afternoon Corin talked about one of last years demo trees - A Western Hemlock. This was first styled during our 40th year celebration event on 2018 by Bill Valavanis. He did a great job of styling this tree from a 6ft tall nursery stock plant. We are now about 16 months further on. Initial wire had been removed. Corin explained the styling to date. He then re wired the tree and slipped it out of its deep plastic training pot into a ceramic rectangle. Before and after photos below. - 



Sunday saw another demonstration by Corin. This time on an imported Japanese White Pine. Grown in a root over rock style. It is such a characterful rock, making it quite unusual. The tree had previously suffered some die back and loss of branches on the right hand side before it was imported. This was discussed and then styling and wiring commenced. New front was selected to show off more of the rock, and also to give a better view of the branches. Before and after photo below. - 



Many people spent the day circulating between the demo area, bonsai sales areas, specimen exhibition, catering marquee and our huge bonsai pot clearance section. There was plenty to keep visitors busy ! Many thanks to everyone that came to the Bonsai Bash, and hope to see you all next year !


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