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Our congratulations must go to the Cheshire Bonsai Society for their impressive display of bonsai at the R.H.S. Flower Show held at Tatton Park in late July 2014. All the judges were unanimous in their decision, and were particularly impressed with the quality and range of species and styles together with the overall impression of the stand. Most especially the impact made by the central Tokonoma, comprising of a shohin display.

Malcolm Hughes

The stand

The stand

The stand



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Gardeners' World Live, 2014

Gardeners’ World Live, 2014 Congratulations go to the members of the five local bonsai societies from the Midlands region who staged on behalf of FoBBS a 74 ft. long stand at the recent R.H.S. Gardeners World Live event held at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham. The stand was one of four bonsai exhibits and proved to be a popular feature, in particular the central feature, based on a Japanese tokonoma comprising a spectacular Satsuki azalea. It also received a R.H.S. Gold Medal Award for the second consecutive year and is being short-listed for the Holford Medal, awarded to the best of those displays exhibited by amateur organisations or societies during the course of the year.

Particular thanks must to all those members of the Ambion, Midland, Redditch, South Staffs and South Worcester Bonsai Societies under the direction of David Cheshire, who assisted in the assembly of the stand, the provision of the thirty-nine trees displayed and for their time spent in manning the stand and speaking to the public over a very hectic five day period.


The overall view of the stand

2. The “assembly” team

The central tokonoma

FoBBS Gold Medal Award, R.H.S. Chelsea 2014

As in previous years, the Federation of British Bonsai Societies’ stand at the R.H.S. Chelsea Flower Show drew much attention from the general public. The two-tier stand, some 36 feet in length, comprised a total of twenty shohin-size and larger bonsai together with a small selection of mamé and accent plants.

Again, the Federation was successful in winning a Gold Medal award. Thanks must go to Reg Bolton and his team responsible for the design and assembly of the stand together with those who offered up trees for the display. Thanks also to those who manned the stand, and who answered the innumerable question from the public.


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