We would like to welcome you to the Northamptonshire Bonsai Society (NBS).
Come along to a monthly meeting and meet friendly fellow bonsai enthusiasts
2021 - During COVID restrictions...
Until we can resume normal meetings, each month we are watching a video (in our own time)
followed by meeting via Zoom video conference on the dates below at 7pm to discuss it.
Details of how to join the Zoom meeting will be e-mailed to each Northamptonshire Bonsai Society member
January 7th 7pm Zoom meeting (login details sent to members) to discuss the following videos
The first short video is by Heike van Gunst, a lady I have to admit I had not heard of before I saw this video. Nevertheless she has an undoubted talent and an internationally recognised track record for excellence in creating bonsai.
For those of you who might not be quite so interested in decisions surrounding pot choice, perhaps this second video would be more to your liking. This is another well respected bonsai grower who some of you will no doubt know of by the name of Walter Pall. In this 8 minute video Walter talks about the correct way to develop thicker trunks in your bonsai, and a little of the science and reasoning behind his success.
February 4th 7pm Zoom meeting (login details sent to members) to discuss the following videos
The first video is Tony Tickle with some advice on the most basic technique used to develop bonsai, called Clip and Grow. Although a basic technique that many of you will be familiar with, some bonsai ‘artists’ make this seem very complicated. Tony simplifies this method into a 5 minute video using (mostly) commonly available material.
The second video is a little more involved with Graham Potter showing how to develop Junipers, a species that many find difficult. This video runs for 9 minutes and gives a good insight into how to get started with very raw Junipers.
Graham Potter of Kaizen Bonsai talking about developing bonsai from basic material
The third video is another 9 minute film by Graham but this time looking at developing deciduous material salvaged from a garden. So if you have a shrub or small tree in your garden and are wondering how to create a bonsai from it, this will give you a good start. Graham Potter again offering something for nothing
March 4th 7pm Zoom meeting (login details sent to members) to discuss the following videos
This month, and with an eye on repotting and pruning, I have chosen three videos, two of which are from Corin Tomlinson.
The first showing how to create a pre-bonsai quickly from garden centre material with some fairly significant pruning.
The second video from Corin shows spring pruning and repotting of a very nice Japanese Maple, perhaps the opposite end of the spectrum from the first video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e5qlGHPxcU 20 minutes
The third video features a Japanese grower illustrating some more advance heavy pruning and grafting of roots on a Japanese Maple.
Rebuild roots,not branches or trunks 9 minutes
April 1st 7pm Video to be advised
May 6th 7pm Video to be advised
PROGRAMME 2021 - Provisional due to COVID
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all meetings will not restart until safe to do so
January 7th 7-10 Subscriptions. Review trees for development in 2021 and take photographs
February 4th 7-10 Members’ Workshop
March 4th 7-10
March 20th Sat. 10-4 Corin Tomlinson Workshop
March 27th Sat. 10-4 Members’ Workshop
April 1st 7-10 Chairman’s challenge. Problem trees fixed!
May 6th 7-10 Garden Party hosted by Steve and Hilary Brown
June 3rd 7-10 Preview trees for Annual Exhibition
June PROVISIONAL Sat or Sun 10-4 NBS Annual Show (Venue TBA)
July 1st 7-10 Members’ Workshop
August 5th 7-10 Steve McKee, guest speaker
September 2nd 7-10 Review the ‘2020’ trees
October 7th 7-10 Guest speaker Harry Harrington
October 16th Sat. 10-4 Members’ Workshop
November 4th 7-10 Repotting Workshop
December 2nd 7-10 AGM and Social evening with December raffle and ‘Best Christmas Bonsai’
January 6th 2022 7-10 Subscriptions
Unless otherwise stated the meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month in the Weston Favell Parish Hall starting at 19:00 hrs