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2018  40th Anniversary year

Honorary President - Peter Chan

Keith’s Monthly Newsletter

Chairman Tips.


 Here we are, just past the middle of the year. So far we have had several extremes in weather, which makes growing our trees quite difficult. I am not giving tips on growing this month, but if you look back on the website that Anthony keeps you should be able to find help. These are only guide lines, as the weather and individual trees vary. One thing you should all be doing is feeding and keeping an eye on bugs, so we have healthy trees to work on. If anyone has any problems or anything they would like me to discuss in the newsletter please do let me know.

We, the committee, are here to run the club for you the members. We will shortly be organising the programme for 2019, so please speak to myself, Keith or anyone of the committee with ideas. Would you like more workshops, talks or informal discussions?

I have been very pleased to share what knowledge I have gained over the years. Bonsai is all about enjoying and improving your trees and your abilities.


 Solent Bonsai Society

40th Anniversary Year 1978 - 2018

Honorary President Peter Chan

 Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The Next Meeting on 27th July Critique of Members Trees. Please bring Your Trees, this is a chance to get some friendly advice on that tree your not sure about and see what Rob and other members ideas are as to the way forward on your trees.

The Meeting on 31st August is a Pine Workshop. Please bring Trees.

Solent Tree of the Month

June TotM results



    1st Sean Nutbeam                                  2nd Enid Jones                                    3rd John Hughes

Shows in 2018

29th July 2018 Sunday Staverton Bonsai Table Top Sale

There is a bonsai car boot sale on 29th July at Staverton Club the address is

39 Staverton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. BA14 6PA which will have many trees, pots, etc for sale

Community Woodfair Show on Saturday 1st September 2018

Solent and Eastleigh Bonsai Society's have been invited to bring some indigenous bonsai to the show.

The show is not a bonsai show but a show that promotes woodcrafts etc. and should be worth a visit in September, it is held at:- Zionshill Copse, Local nature reserve, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh. SO53 4SJ

The Heathrow Bonsai Show 21st October 2018

Solent’s last bonsai show of the year is The Heathrow Bonsai Show on 21st October 2018,

it is held at:-

The Harlington sports centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB

The show open to public 1000-1600, Entrance fees are, adults £3, children under 12 go Free.

This is an excellent show and well worth attending, there are 38 clubs exhibiting bonsai and viewing stones, 25 traders. All Day Refreshments available.

More information can be found at


Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm, the next meeting is on

Monday 13th  August 2018 My Bonsai - Show & Tell


Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on

Thursday 9th August 2018  Talk by Rob Stewart on Pines & Firs

For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to

All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all on the 27th July at the critique

Keith Hartley

Secretary Solent Bonsai Society


Tel: - 02392640985

Mobile: - 07847487435

Secretary's Report

 Salisbury Show

Well another busy month first was the Salisbury Bonsai 30th anniversary show on 1st July, we along with 11 other societies converged on Salisbury Auction Centre at 8am, as usual Bonsai enthusiasts are always early there was a dozen or more cars all waiting to get into the centre. When we gained access all found our tables and set up our stand. Eddie, Arthur, Rob and I provided the trees for solent (Rob had his Eastleigh shirt on for this Show). Eddie had an informal upright beach, Arthur a Hornbeam raft and I had a trident maple group, we also had three small trees Eddie’s potentilla, Rob’s pyracanthas and Arthur’s Chines elm which was wrongly labelled as a cotoneaster so we waited to see who spotted the deliberate mistake, not many did.


Solent Display

There were many interesting trees on display. The best club display went to Taunton & Somerset Bonsai Club.

Taunton & Somerset Display

In the morning there was a demonstration by Malcolm Driffield (Paul Finch should have given the demonstration) who worked on a large Hornbeam.

In the afternoons demonstration Malcolm worked on a very large, very tall larch.

On 28th September Malcolm is our guest speaker so one not to be missed.

In the afternoon there was an impromptu auction of some of the trader’s trees.

Salisbury had a great show which was enjoyed by all.

Chichester Show

The following Saturday and Sunday (7th, 8th July) we had the Chichester Bonsai Show at Manor Nursery.

As usual it was well run by Don, Frank, and their team. The weather was very, very, very hot and much of our time was spent watering the trees.

There must have been one or two hundred trees on show along with Collette selling trees.

There were five Society with displays Chichester, Solent, Eastleigh, Sussex and Eastbourn all of which had great displays.

Chichester won best club display, some of the people who won were Sean Nutbeam, Paul Eslinger, myself.

Solent Bonsai Society

Chichester & District Bonsai Society

Eastleigh Bonsai Society

Sussex Bonsai Society                                Eastbourn Bonsai Society

There’s a very good restaurant at manor nursery, some of us had a very pleasant Sunday lunch.

Great show again this year, well done Don, Frank and the team.

Wallington and Havant Shows

Saturday 14th Solent had two shows on the same day one at Wallington Village Fete the other at Havant Summer Garden Event. Rob, Jock and I went to the Wallington show hoping to advertise Solent Bonsai Society and Eddie and Clifford Row went to Havant.

At Wallington, being a fete, we found that there was not a lot interest in our Bonsai display, it didn’t help that we were hidden behind a stall selling children’s books, which they set up after we had completed our display.

Clifford’s report from the Havant show, being a garden show, sounds as if there was more interest in Bonsai. Both Solent Bonsai displays were as usual excellent, well done to all.

Wallington Fete                                                                        Havant Garden Show