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Japanese Trees in the Garden of England


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Bonsai Art of Japan Episode 27

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Next Months Meeting

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This is one not too be missed as we have Harry Harrington down to work on members trees. For those of you that don’t know, Harry is a well known bonsai artist in the bonsai world. He has two published books to his name and has some beautiful trees to his credit. Make sure you don’t miss this one as it will be the perfect opportunity to bring your trees along to get styling advice and expert guidance.

Harry Harrington was born in Oxford, UK in 1970 and after 20 years in and around Manchester now lives near the Chiltern Hills in Aylesbury.
Harry started bonsai as a hobby nearly 20 years ago whilst working as a gardener. Harry started working professionally as a bonsai artist and writer in 2000.
His website http://www.bonsai4me.com started life as a collection of private notes about bonsai that were published as ‘Species Guides’ in 2001; the first comprehensive study of plant species suitable for bonsai available online. Since that time Bonsai4me has grown on an annual basis and now attracts over 1.5million different visitors each year from around the world.
The success and popularity of the ‘Progression Series’ (articles and photo-series showing the development of a bonsai over many years) at Bonsai4me.com has led to Harry writing and publishing 2 books on the subject via B4MePublishing; Bonsai Inspirations 1 originally published in 2011, Bonsai Inspirations 2 published in 2012 and an updated version of Bonsai Inspirations 1 (2nd Edition) in 2014. Copies of these titles have been distributed to nearly 40 countries around the world.
Harry’s first (Kindle only) book based on Bonsai4me.com, ‘Bonsai Basics’ was originally published in February 2013 and is set to be published in a traditional format during 2014.

Harry continues to write for bonsai4me.com and further books are planned for the future. He teaches and runs workshops in the area around London and is frequently commissioned to undertake styling work on client’s trees. Harry specializes in turning poor quality material into works of art and enjoys the challenge of styling ‘unsuitable’ material for bonsai.
Harry rarely shows his trees to the public, preferring to keep a relatively low-profile within the standard Club and Show circuits.

Harry will be bringing some of his books to the club for sale along with some trees

Here is Harry’s website


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Last Club Meeting

Last night the club was in full workshop mode and everyone was busying themselves with thinning out, removing wire with some getting trees to a state that further work could be done at the next club meeting when Harry Harrington is coming down to work on and give advise on club members trees.

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There was a good turn out for Tree of the Month with Les winning with his beautiful Paul’s Scarlet Double Blossom Hawthorn

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