Heathrow Bonsai Show

October 2015

If you wanted to see diversity in bonsai trees then Heathrow Bonsai was the show to visit. There were 198 trees on display provided by 102 exhibitors from 26 different Bonsai clubs around the UK. This was incredible and some of the artistry was first class.

If you have not visited this show before then add it to your calendar for next year. It is one of the friendliest shows with a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

One of the core values of this show is providing an opportunity for clubs and societies, plus individuals to display their bonsai, of all levels, together for everyone to enjoy. It has a high general public attendance, which helps to promote the bonsai hobby to a wider audience; many went away with bonsai purchases.

One of the features of this show is the timing in the year. It is a great ‘end of the year show’ with a fabulous array of autumn colour across the full spectrum of the rainbow. It was a delight to see the myriad of colourful berries, flowers and leaves on the displays.

Another feature of the show was the range of styles of bonsai trees on display this year, from cascades, formal uprights to windswept and semi cascades with groups and forests. There were also trees in full winter image with exquisite trunk carving through to evergreens, fabulous autumnal colours as well as a full range of mame, shohin, chuhin and large bonsai.

Two Special awards were presented by Marek Gajda, visiitng from Poland, for Best British Trees. These were awarded to Will Baddeley for his English Elm and to Terry Hewitt for his Cotoneaster.

Winners of the exhibitors vote

Winners of the General Public vote
1st: English Elm - Will Baddeley
1st Larix Kaempferi - Chrissie Leigh-Walker
2nd: English Elm - Will Baddeley 2nd English Elm - Will Baddeley
3rd: Hawthorn - Steve McKee 3rd Chinese Juniper - Geoff Pearmine

Corin Tomlinson of Greenwood Bonsai Studio provided a full days demonstration working on a white pine showing a wide variety of techniques and styling. The finished tree was a stark contrast to the original material and showed great potential with continued development.

There was a good array of different bonsai traders representing all aspects of bonsai needs.

There were some excellent viewing stones on display from the British Suiseki Society and individuals adding another aesthetic dimension to the show and expanding people’s knowledge on the range of elements that are linked to the hobby of bonsai.

Special thanks go again to Mark and Ming Moreland and all the other clubs members who helped with the organization and preparations for the show to enable it to happen at and run smoothly on the day. The layout for this years show at William Byrd Primary School within the two halls worked exceptionally well. In addition we had great weather on the day making it a perfect day for viewing and discussing bonsai both inside and outside in the sun. The catering was excellent and everyone enjoyed the bacon rolls, burgers, teas and coffees that were available on the day.

The show also raised monies for Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

We all had a great day.

Congratulations on the 6th successful Heathrow Bonsai show.