Bonsai in Wales, in and around the Exhibition

26 - 27 August, 2012

Over the August Bank holiday weekend, Tredegar House near Newport, South Wales, was host to “Bonsai in Wales”, an event incorporating a superb exhibition of bonsai trees, some wonderful demonstrations and range of materials for sale from a number of bonsai traders.

The trees exhibited encompassed a range of styles and species and comprised some quality material, much of which would have graced a major international exhibition of trees. They certainly reflected the degree of excellence to which British bonsai has been progressively achieving over a number of years and continues so to do.

The demonstrators, comprising Alex Evelyn, Andrew Arthur, Kevin Willson, together with members of his School of Yamadori, provided some creative images based on the raw material they commenced with. Kevin Willson’s tree, an exceedingly large yew that had evolved from an equally large stump, entailed a full two days’ work and, with his trademark carving techniques, resulted in a spectacular bonsai.

     

    

    

    

    

The event was also an opportunity for the Federation to hold one of the heats for this years’ Amateur New Talent competition. Whilst the raw material (Juniperus chinensis) was not necessarily the easiest to work with, the contestants nonetheless produced some worthwhile trees.

    

    

Overall, the exhibition, demonstrations and trade area made for a superb event in a delightful venue and in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Whilst the weather was warm and sunny on the first day, it left much to be de- sired on the second. That however, did not dampen the spirits of those attending. An enjoyable weekend, and congratulations to those individuals from the South Wales bonsai societies who put so much time and effort into making “Bonsai in Wales” such a successful occasion.