News, photographs and reviews from recent meetings
November 2019 - Guest Speaker
At our meeting in November we hosted Lee Verhorevoort who enthralled us with an evening of all things Bonsai. He started looking at our member's ‘table’ trees and used this as a valuable lesson in design and seasonal pest management!
He then gave some tips on Autumn pruning and repotting, where his advice was to follow the tradition of repotting in spring just before the major growth spurt in order for the roots to have maximum time to recover.
Then he started to restyle a Japanese white pine, described by Lee as a Yatsubusa slow growing miniature varieties. Lee also showed how grafting is accomplished using off cuts from his demonstration tree. However his discourse on the state of the Bonsai industry in Japan and its influence from the Chinese market, the issues regarding buying and importing trees from Japan to the UK was so interesting that the Pine style was only just about complete when we needed to close at 10pm. A most interesting evening delivered by one of Bonsai’s most knowledgeable speakers.
October 2019 - Members Workshop
Members brought along trees to work on, exchanged ideas and sought advice from more experienced members. Also members brought along "table trees" which were individually discussed before one was chosen as tree of the month.
September 2019 - Members Workshop
This month we celebrated 30 years of NBS with some past members joining us. Members brought along trees to work on, exchanged ideas and sought advice from more experienced members. Also members brought along "table trees" which were individually discussed before one was chosen as tree of the month.
July 2019 - Malcolm Hughes talk on How To Present Bonsai for Exhibition
Malcolm ran through ways to present your bonsai for exhibition. His tips are in the photo below. He then reviewed and commented on member's trees and chose the tree of the month.
June 2019 - Choosing Northamptonshire Bonsai Society Annual Exhibition Trees
Members brought along trees which were individually displayed and reviewed. Improvements were suggested then some were selected for our upcoming annual exhibition which will be held 10am-4pm on Sunday 23rd June at Billing Garden Centre
May 2019 - 30th Anniversary of Northamptonshire Bonsai Society
Members celebrated the 30th anniversary of NBS with a get together hosted by Hillary and Steve. Members brought along their oldest trees (not necessarily the best) for discussion. Thanks to Hillary, we had cake with candles, a proper birthday party!