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Bonsai Society

2018  40th Anniversary year

Honorary President - Peter Chan

Keith’s Monthly Newsletter

 Chairmans Chat

How quickly another bonsai summer has gone by. My trees are already showing signs of autumn and yet it seems to be no time at all since I enjoyed the thrill of seeing tiny buds expand and leaves unfurl in the miracle days of spring. People may think bonsai take a very long time to develop, but in reality they keep you so busy and absorbed that the year seems to fly by, and even if they do develop slowly it is a process to be enjoyed and savoured at every season. Part of the time in a bonsai grower’s year has to make sure that the trees come through the winter in full health, ready to go again in the spring.

This is also a good time to thank Anthony for all his hard work as Webmaster and to Keith for his monthly newsletter. He also kindly prints out a few for me and the other dinosaurs in the club. It has been very gratifying to see so many members bring along their trees to the club shows. The standard and condition of the trees has greatly improved.

I would also like to thank all the committee members for their help and hard work, Lynn and Alison for manning the door and prizing the entrance money from the members each month, Jean for all her efforts selling raffle ticket each month and to Jackie for manning the ‘watering hole’ each month and those kind members who helped her. Many thanks to Collette for attending meetings and bringing all manner of things that you may need for your Bondai and her kind help. Last, but not least, many thanks to Enid for taking over “Tree of the Month”.

We, the committee, are here to run the club for you the members, so we would like to know what you would like in the program for the coming year and any other suggestions for the direction of the club.

I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a successful bonsai growing year in 2019.


 Solent Bonsai Society

40th Anniversary Year 1978 - 2018

Honorary President Peter Chan

 Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The last meeting of 2018 is on 30th November is our AGM followed by Jackie’s Party nibbles.

The 2019 Bonsai Year starts with our yearly auction on 25th January 2019, so any trees, pots, books etc. you wish to move on please bring them along.

There should be a good selection of plants, pots, books, etc. to choose from, so don't forget to bring your money, 10% of the sales goes to club funds.


Shows in 2019

Auction Run by the new UK Bonsai Association will take place on

Sunday 27th January 2019 In conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show, it will held at:-

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

The show/auction is from 1100-1600hrs, Entrance fees are, adults £3, children under 12 go Free (Robert will be showing at the show Mame).

Auction contact: Steve Hale email: ukbaauction@gmail.com .

Show contact: Mark Moreland 07850771201 email: markmoreland@live.co.uk

Swindon Winter Image Show 24th February 2019

Solent Bonsai Society will be showing at the 2019 Swindon Winter Image show on 24th February 2019, it is one of the best shows of the year at:-

Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY

It is open from 10am to 4pm. It is a good opportunity to buy those elusive pots, trees etc. as there are many traders at the show. More information can be found on their website www.swindon-bonsai.co.uk.

Sutton Bonsai Club Show 23th & 24th March 2019 Saturday & Sunday

Wisley Gardens, Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey. GU23 6QB

You pay £12.60 adult, children £6.30, to enter Wisley gardens and the Bonsai Show is free to enter.

Expo Bonsai UK 7th April 2019

Expo Bonsai UK 7th April 2019 at:-

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

The show open to public 1000-1600, Admission £5. The event will consist of a display of approximately 100 show quality trees along with support from a number of well known bonsai traders.

Further details to follow. If you are interested in submitting a tree for consideration please contact ebuk@gmail.com . for more details see the website www.expobonsaiuk.weebly.com.

Wessex Bonsai Show 5th May 2019

Solent have been invited to show at the Wessex Bonsai Show on Sunday 5th May 2019 it is held at the Kinson Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Millais Road, Kinson, Bournemouth. BH10 7LH

The show starts at 10:30am to 5pm, the entrance fee is £3.50, Solent Bonsai Society will be represented plus numerous other societies and traders, it should be a very good show and worth the trip to Bournemouth. Wessex , Eastleigh and Solent will also be taking part in the Bellinger trophy which is held yearly between the clubs.

Eastbourne & Wealdon Show 26th May 2019

Solent will be exhibiting at the Eastbourne & Wealdon Bonsai Club show

on Sunday 26th May 2019

it is held at:- Herstmonceux Village Hall, Hails ham Road, Herstmonceux. BN27 4JX

Admission: £2.50 1000-1600.hrs

Details can be found at the following Internet site www.eandwbonsaiclub.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Club Show 6th & 7th July 2019

Solent will be exhibiting, 6th & 7th July 2019 at Manor Nursery, Pagham Road, Runcron, Chichester. PO20 1LJ

Free Admission 1000-1700.hrs Saturday, 1000-1500.hrs Sunday

Great Sunday lunch (you have to book).

This is a great show and is a good opportunity to show your trees as there is a very large display area for each club. If you would like to show a tree/trees please let Rob or I know, have a go.

28th July 2019 Sunday Staverton Bonsai Table Top Sale

There is a bonsai car boot sale on 28th July 2019 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 tbd? September 2019

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 20st October 2019

Solent’s last bonsai show of the year is The Heathrow Bonsai Show on 20st October 2019,

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 36 clubs exhibiting bonsai and viewing stones, 35 traders. All Day Refreshments available.

More information can be found at www.heathrowbonsai.weebley.com

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 10th December 2018, AGM and American Supper.

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 13th December 2018, AGM and Christmas Social.

For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk

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 Friday 30th November, at the AGM and nibbles. As this is the last news letter for 2018, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Robert, the committee and myself, to wish you all a

Merry Christmas and a

Bonsai New Year.

Keith Hartley

Secretary Solent Bonsai Society


Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com

Tel: - 02392640985

Mobile: - 07847487435

 Secretary’s Report

First I would like to say it was with great pleasure that I attended the 100th birthday party of our oldest member Jim Read along with Ann, Pat, Jock, Eddie and Arthur on 16th November at the Queens Hotel Southsea. Jim was slightly late for the party as he had to wait for the Queen, actually it was the birthday card which you have to receive personally. We had a great time and wish Jim and Jean, from the club, all the best for the future. He also had a letter from his friend Vera Lynn.

At our last meeting Robert gave an interesting talk on complementary accents such as figurines, animals, insects, bronzes, stones, etc. This was the first of three talks on accents and displaying bonsai, the next talk in May will be on accent plants used with bonsai, and the final talk in September will be on the Art of Displaying Bonsai. Robert, Jackie, Arthur, Enid, Alison and I put on displays of some of our figurines, animals, insects, bronzes, stones, etc. that can be displayed with bonsai.

I hope you all enjoyed the evening and are looking forward to the next instalment on accents and displaying bonsai.


Heathrow Show Report

Solent exhibited at the Heathrow show last month, we had a fine display with trees from Eddie, Arthur, Rob and myself. We set up our display on Saturday at Rob’s, deciding on which trees to take to the show, so when we arrive at the show it only takes about half an hour to set up our display, we then have plenty of time to nip round the traders for any early bargains.

Heathrow show, winners of the public vote were:-

1st a red maple, 2nd trident Maple group, 3rd a pine.

Winners of the exhibitors vote were:-

Joint 1st place were, a pine and olive, 3rd was scots pine.

Robert and Paul Eslinger demoing in the afternoon at the Heathrow show, Paul creating saikei (a landscaped scene) or a landscape in a tray or container, Robert spoke on Shohin and mame as bonsai.


Some exciting News from the Heathrow show was that there is a new Bonsai Association starting, it is called the “UK Bonsai Association”, it is free to join, the website is ukbonsaiassoc.org .

Following are some extracts from the UK Bonsai Association website explaining their aims and ambitions:-

What the UK Bonsai Association stands for...

What drives the UK Bonsai Association? The desire to promote the appreciation of bonsai throughout the country, while fostering a sense of community among all who love the art.

We believe that, as we adjust to the demands of the 21st century, improving the communication and sharing of information on bonsai benefits us all.

We help you plan your bonsai event diary around holidays and work commitments with our UK Event Calendar, which gives a view of up to a year in advance.

Are you tired of missing opportunities to attend a talk or workshop on a topic that interests you or your club? We also provide a monthly newsletter which highlights the closest coming shows, workshops and club speaker nights. Register as a member of the UKBA to receive our monthly newsletter.

We bring together the individual practitioners, as well as clubs, societies, groups and businesses, who choose to collectively promote the spirit of inclusivity within the bonsai community, and all its associated elements.

As we move forward, more projects will take shape to make bonsai more accessible to everyone. In the pipeline are illustrated tutorials, and even more to come...

Bookmark our website and stayed tuned for all our latest info. Follow us on Twitter for more interaction.

We welcome your feedback, Or send an email to info@ukbonsaiassoc.org

Learning, sharing and connecting with Bonsai

The UK Bonsai Association is working to connect the entire bonsai community across the entire country.

The world of bonsai is beautiful and wide, covering more than just miniature trees: there are artisan pots and slabs, viewing stones and accent plants, display scrolls and tables. All put together by enthusiasts and craftsmen both here in the UK and all over the globe.

Whether your passion is growing bonsai, kusamono, or saikei; or your interests lie in the art of display or the science of horticulture – there is something for us all to share and enjoy.

Perhaps you are simply curious and just wish to know more? Let our web pages be your go-to reference for bonsai-related knowledge.

The UK Bonsai Association is open free to all. We invite you to join us and share your knowledge, ask your questions, and savour a journey of development together.

For Solent members not so familiar with other aspects that can encompass the world of bonsai

What is Kusamono?

This is what is commonly referred to as ‘accent’ plants and is a Japanese term which when translated means as follows: Kusa = grass and Mono = object or thing

Saikei literally translates as "planted landscape". Saikei is a descendant of the Japanese arts of bonsai. It is the art of creating tray landscapes that combine miniature living trees with soil, rocks, water, and related vegetation (like ground cover) in a single tray or similar container.

To get the association of to a flying start there is an Auction, Run by the new UK Bonsai Association, it will take place on Sunday 27th January 2019

In conjunction with a Suiseki / Saikei / Mame show. See shows below for details.

So if you are interested in Joining the UK Bonsai Assosiation, you can get more information from their websites ukbonsaiassoc.org or Robert or myself.

My Reflections of 2018

Well here we are again it's the AGM our last meeting of the year. With Christmas looming next month, we can reflect on another Solent Bonsai Society’s very successful year.

January. Our yearly auction was again a great success with plenty of bargains and as usual was run with great humour by Clive and Robert.

February was the clubs forth winter image show, Enid Jones won the Chairmans Cup and was also presented with the Tree of the Month overall winner trophy for 2017. It was a very enjoyable evening.

February, for the second year, started the monthly workshop at Roberts, those who attended were well looked after by Lynn and Robert with Tea, Coffee, cake and biscuits and we all got a lot of work done over the next few months.

March meeting was a repotting workshop, with the help of Robert, Collette and other members it was another great evening.

April, Back again by popular demand was Amelia who gave a very informative talk on tropical bonsai, which I hope everyone enjoyed.

May, The club meeting was an in-depth talk on Air Layering by Robert and Collette.

Solent attended the Wessex show at which we had an excellent display, for the second year running we won the Bellinger trophy at the show.

June, Was our summer show. This year we had an all day show on Sunday 3rd June to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Solent Bonsai Society not only did we have Jock, a founder members of the society, but it was with great pleasure, at the show, that we made Jim an honorary member of the Solent Bonsai Society and presented with a red badge as he approaches his hundredth birthday. Some of our newer members may not know Jim, for many years he was a stalwart member of Solent and as he approaches his hundredth birthday it was with great pleasure that we made him an honorary member of our society and as the great day approaches we, along with the Queen, will be wishing him a happy birthday.

June meeting was a pruning and wiring workshop.

In June Solent took part in the Eastbourne & Wealden Bonsai Show and the Rose and Pea show at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton.

July was a very busy month first we had the Salisbury 30th anniversary show on the 1st July, then on the 7th and 8th July the Chichester Bonsai show, then on the 14th July we were split between two shows one at the Wallington Fete and the other at the Havant gardening show, great effort from members who helped.

July meeting was a Critique of members trees which is always an enjoyable evening, I hope members who brought trees went home happy with what was left of their trees, after Robert and Collette had had a go at the trees? (joke)

August, Pine workshop with useful advice from Robert, Collette and other members.

September, once again Solent put on a bonsai display at the Woodfair Chandlers Ford on 1st September which was hosted by Amelia, we will be there next year, it's an interesting show worth a visit next year.

Septembers meeting was an interesting and informative talk by Malcolm Driffield on Pines.

October meeting was a talk by Robert on complementary accents such as figurines, animals, insects, bronzes, stones, etc. As reported in this newsletter

Solent also were represented at the Heathrow Bonsai show, report in this newsletter.

November AGM, come along for updates and news for next year.

We had a great 2018 and 2019 looks like another exciting bonsai year, action in January, February winter show, workshops and shows Solent will be attending.

I can’t wait for spring, the best time for Bonsai when the new shoots start to break.

Roll on 2019.