Today the group put together a small display for the public at Trentham Garden Centre in Stoke-on-Trent and I called in for a look as part of a family day out.
Group members and personal friends of mine, David Fairbanks and Nige Manning were on hand, styling trees for public demonstration. Various other members had taken trees to show at the event and there were some particularly nice trees on show in a semi-formal display. The trees on display were numbered and members of the public were invited to fill out a small form and vote for their favourite bonsai.
Unfortunately the trees were not labelled with the owners' names, so I cannot give credit, but my own personal favourite was a rather natural looking Black Pine in a studded drum pot - although I found it a little frustrating that the tree was displayed with fertiliser baskets still in place!
As is invariably the case with Garden Centre displays, space comes at a premium, but the group had used the plot well and had not crammed too much in - choosing to leave out accents plantings and such. On the whole, I think they did a great job for a new and developing group, and the voting slips were a great touch - giving members of the public the chance to add their email address or phone number to be kept up to date with future events.
The North Staffs & Stoke Bonsai Group meet at the Temple Street Methodist Church Hall, Temple Street, Fenton, ST4 4NW on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and are keen to accept new members.
|Nige Manning working on a Juniper.|
|My own choice for the "Best in Show".|
|My son, Reece's favourite tree (Larch)!|