Maidstone Bonsai Society

Japanese Trees in the Garden of England

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Shohin UK Tree and Pot Combo Award

I was privileged to be asked to sponsor the Best Tree and Pot Combination Award at the Shohin UK show this year. I made a set of 3 porcelain Shohin pots with crackle glazes on them, which were boxed up in a nice package

The judging was done by the organisers along with Peter Warren and my blessing. It was a very very hard choice with lots of very worthy winners, with a combo that stood out just that little bit more than the other worthy contenders. The winner was Duncan Heild with his wonderful Boston Ivy in a Japanese Koyo pot

Well done Duncan



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Shohin UK Pictures

Many thanks to Paul Bowerbank, Andy Jordan and Chris Thomas for getting some great pictures of the event. See the links here on the BSA website

I am sure you will spot a follically challenged MBS member in the pictures somewhere 🙂

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Shohin UK Exhibition Failand, Bristol 2013

Shohin UK was a great weekend with a fabulous display of trees on display. Thank you Mark, Ritta, Bob and Sandra for organising and to all those who made the event possible.

I arrived Saturday around 4:30 with Les Storey and we were both blessed with a hassle free journey despite all the bad weather and threat of impending “Devils Dandruff” snow, threatening the trip. After a cuppa with Ian Warhurst and some of the Wirral crew, well Les does get home sick, we set off to give the organisers a hand at the venue and set up a few tables. I managed to get my stand erected sans pots and then we headed off to the Failand Inn with Peter Warren and John Armitage for a pie and a pint to fill the gap until the morning.

Sunday morning Les and I got to the venue at 7:30 so I could get my pots set up and for me to get ready for a great day. The numbers were really good with some 70+ coming though the door in the first 30 mins, as Ritta told me. I was proud to be asked to sponsor the Best Tree and Pot combination award which was well deserved and won by the very humble Duncan Heild for his Bonston Ivy. Thanks to many others, Paul B etc, for taking pictures of the event. I, on the other hand was so busy and overwhelmed by customers I had no time to take any photographs as the venue to filled to the rafters and close to bursting point.

Adrian selling his wares


The rest of the MBS posse arrived about 11 Mr H, Jose and Andy Plod came along and I am sure they enjoyed themselves. Note to self, don’t buy a Spanish Sat Nav as they send you the long way round 🙂

Safe to say I sold a few of my wares and it was a fab day. Again thanks to all for making this a great day. I will post a link to photos when they get uploaded on the web

For me it’s wind down time now and pot production will cease for a few months whilst I move house and workshop 10 miles up the road to a bigger place. I will stay in touch here and on the forums so you have not got rid of me that easily

All the best


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Shohin UK Exhibition

This coming Sunday brings the first ever Shohin UK exhibition in Failand, Bristol. The show will bring excellent exhibits of Shohin and Chuhin Bonsai from all over the UK. Visitors from all over the country are expected as well as visitors from Sweden and other parts of Europe.
Simon and Les are attending with Adrian and myself trading our wares. Look forward to see you if you are going.